Lifestyle & Human Interest

She Hadn't Spoken to Her Sister in 20 Years but Was Also the Person Who Could Save Her Life


In some families, sisters grow up with a tight-knit, beautiful bond that lasts a lifetime. But for adult sisters Becky Anderson and Amy McCormick, their sisterly bond was nearly nonexistent.

After 20 years without speaking to one another, the sisters have rekindled their relationship, bonding over a life-saving kidney transplant.

In an interview with WRIC, the sisters explained that they never really had the opportunity to get to know each other.

They lived together as very young children, but when their parents divorced, the sisters were split up into separate homes.

The sisters grew up and started their adult lives, going 20 years without communicating.

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They never had a falling out, the two just never had a bond to keep them together — until McCormick found out that her sister had kidney failure.

About six years ago, the sisters became friends on Facebook. That was the extent of their relationship for a time until Anderson was diagnosed with kidney disease about one year later.

When McCormick heard of her sister’s plight, she got Anderson’s phone number and called her, offering to be her kidney donor.

“It was just something I felt I needed to do. She needed a better life,” McCormick said.

At Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, the two sisters put on their hospital gowns and prepared for surgery.

The bond they never shared was suddenly back in full force as they embraced one another and celebrated their new lives.

“It’s amazing, the gift of life,” Anderson said.

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“To think about somebody giving you a kidney who really didn’t know you until six months ago, I mean, that’s just — I mean — is there any other better gift?” Anderson said. “She gave me my life back.”

After decades of being apart, the sisters now communicate every day, thankful to be a part of each other’s lives again.

The sisters’ mother told WRIC that the kidney transplant has brought the entire family closer together, giving everyone something to celebrate.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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