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Saving a life

Shawn Kuhl and Steve Denzer, with their respective wives, the day Denzer was released from the hospital. From left to right: Pat Denzer, Shawn, Steve and Paula Kuhl.

Shawn Kuhl lives in Cuba City, but Crossroads Community Church in Ellsworth will always be a special place for him.

Kuhl and wife Paula were married there last year. It's also the place where his health started to take a turn for the better.

His brother Scott, who lives in Ellsworth and is a church member, asked his fellow parishioners last year to start praying for his brother because he needed a kidney transplant.

One parishioner heard the message and decided to take it one step further.

"Coming home from church, I told my wife, I think I should donate a kidney," said Steve Denzer. His wife, Pat, thought he was nuts. Steve explained: "It felt like this is what I was supposed to do. I had no second thoughts about it." This is even more amazing, considering Steve had never thought about organ donating before.

After two more times, he was able to convince Pat and thus started a long and winding road for both parties, culminating early last month with a successful kidney transplant in Madison.

For more please read the July 1 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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