East Haven Mayor April Capone Almon has just donated one her kidneys to one of the residents of the town she is serving. Carlos Sanchez, a 44 year old father is just one of her 1,600 ‘friends’ in her social networking account, Facebook. He updating his posts in the network saying his friends and relatives had all been tested and couldn’t donate a kidney. His kidneys were failing because of diabetes, sent out the request on Facebook only hesitantly and on his doctor’s suggestion. He worried people might pity him — and certainly hadn’t pinned his hopes on finding a donor that way. This has caught the mayor’s attention and without second thought, she become the first one to respond.
“I sent him a private message and just said, ‘Hey, I’ll try. I’ll get tested,'” Capone Almon said Wednesday. “I really felt from the very beginning that I was going to be a match and a donor. I don’t know why, but I just knew it.”
“I thought she was joking. The mayor of East Haven would offer me her kidney?” said Sanchez, an office administrator. “She responded back and said, ‘I am serious, I am willing to get tested.’ “I wasn’t putting too much faith in it,” he said. “I didn’t want to get my hopes high. But at a point she made me feel so comfortable that I started feeling maybe this was meant to be.”
Almon is truly a daughter of East Haven being born, raised and educated in the town. Among her guiding principles as she serves her town includes Be Fair & Honest, Take Pride in Working Hard, Make Every Dollar Count, Run A Tight Ship.
“I don’t want people to see this as something larger than life,” she said. “There’s nothing special about me. Anybody can try to do this, and if it’s meant to be, you’ll be a match and a donor and you can really help someone.”