(SALINA, Kan.) — Sarah Thompson's winter break plans are unlike many of her classmates at Wichita State. She is going to Chicago to give a piece of her liver to her friend, Charlie Fiorillo who has Byler's Disease.
"He's had it his whole life," Thompson said. "It would kind of come and go growing up, but it seemed to get more severe as we got older."
Charlie has taken a break from studying music at Northwestern because of the illness.
"He cannot function at school. He can't stay awake during classes" his mother, Patti Fiorillo said. "Without a living donor, he would be waiting for years."
When Thompson heard she was a match for her friend she knew what she wanted to do. "I was just very sure that it's exactly what I am supposed to be doing."