Charlevoix Man Donates Kidney To Best Friend - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Charlevoix Man Donates Kidney To Best Friend

Two men from Charlevoix are now bonded for life after one gave the other the ultimate gift. David Wilks donated a kidney to Christian "Buff" Vrondran who was on dialysis and dealing with kidney failure. The two men met 16 years ago and have a lot of experiences in the books, but nothing like this. When David found out he was a match, he made arrangements to give up a kidney. The surgery happened September 9, Christian's 32nd birthday. Donations to support the men can be made at Charlevoix State Bank in care of Caytee Scott-Vrondran. This will help supplement income since the men are unable to work right now and also help cover travel expenses for follow-up visits to U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor. 9&10's Christina Vecchioni and photojournalist Joel Deaner have more details on this special friendship.