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Chiropractor will receive kidney transplant from patient

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Update (WQOW) - Thousands of dollars is raised in a benefit tonight for a woman giving a big gift to her chiropractor.

Organizers say they were able to raise $12,000 for Judy Jaskowski. She decided to donate her kidney to her longtime chiropractor Dr. David Nanstad. The money raised will help Judy cover expenses while she misses work for the transplant. The surgery is set for the end of February.

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - A local chiropractor will undergo his second kidney transplant this February. But there was a time he wasn't sure it was going to happen, until an unexpected donor who stepped in to help.

"I've been diabetic since I was age sixteen," said Dave Nanstad, Owner of Nanstad's Chiropractic.

Dave Nanstad is all too familiar with the complications that come with his diabetes. He's had a pancreas transplant and in 2003 and he received his brothers kidney. Last year he learned that kidney is not functioning fully, and he would need to undergo a third organ transplant. 

"They told me in July 83 percent of people who could match me, still wouldn't work because of my antibody level," Nanstad said.

The owner of Nanstad Chiropractic was facing a difficult situation, unsure he could find anyone with his medical background who could donate a kidney. That's when one of his patients stepped up.

"There was a little flyer here that Dave's daughter had put out, and I had come for an adjustment. He had told me that his kidney was failing. I knew that his brother had given him one like ten years ago," said Judy Jaskowski, a long time patient at Nanstad Chiropractic.

After the appointment, she started doing some research. After filling out the paperwork, Judy found out she was a near-perfect match.

"I decided to write a card, and just inform him that I was a perfect match, but I had to go up there and do an enormous amount of testing, and then if I passed the test, I would consider donating," Jaskowski said.

Dave received the letter at his birthday party last September.

"And I open it up, and here it was a letter from Judy saying she matched me. And to be honest, at first it was, "Is this even real?" And when I found out it was, I was pretty emotional. My family saw me cry, and most of my family had never seen me cry before," said Nanstad.

We asked Judy why she decided to do something so generous. 

"I just thought, well it isn't going to hurt to try and be tested. And I'm a firm believer in organ donors and I give blood," said Jaskowski.

Dave and Judy will go in for the transplant at the end of February. For Dave, it will be a moment he will never forget.

"I mean for like Judy to do this. I almost start crying just talking about it. I mean, I don't know how anyone could be any more generous than that. Especially a non-relative," said Nanstad.

Because the recovery will take Judy out of work for a few weeks, there is a benefit to help cover her expenses. It's at the Eagles Club in Lake Hallie Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m.  

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