I think it’s safe to say that everyone of us hopes to make a positive impact in the world, whether it be in our personal or professional life, or both.
At Delta Publications we are honored to bring our readers the best coverage possible of our area communities each week.
From municipal and school board meeting coverage to breaking news and area events and human interest stories and more, we work hard to keep our readers informed, inspired and entertained.
The power of the written word shines even brighter in this edition when you turn to our Neighbors feature.
This week’s story features Bob Benzschawel of Chilton.
In June of 2017, I was able to share Bob’s story of his battle with Type 1 insulin-dependent diabetes, and how over a 45 year period it had progressed to the point where dialysis or a kidney transplant was needed to save Bob’s life.
Barb Wieting of Chilton read the story and shared it with her husband Bud.
The story stayed on Bud’s mind and led him to have a conversation with Bob when their paths crossed at a community event a short time later.
One thing led to another and on March 7 of this year, Bud gave Bob the gift of life when he donated one of his kidneys to Bob.
An amazing gift from an amazingly humble and generous man. Bud simply feels it was the right thing to do.
Spending time with Bob and his wife Penny and Bud and his wife Barb was inspiring. The almost two hour interview flew by and I felt honored to have been able to spend time with such remarkable people.
Both Bud and Bob are godly men who regularly pray for each other and a host of others in their community, while also giving of themselves through various events and organizations.
While the gift Bud gave to Bob is one few can imagine or comprehend, Bud said if he could he would do it again in a heartbeat.
While the purpose of the June 2017 story on Bob was to shine the light on organ donation with the hope of reaching someone like Bud who would be willing to donate a kidney to Bob, the purpose of this week’s story is to inspire someone else to also consider live organ donation.
Thousands of people in Wisconsin and throughout the United States are hoping and praying each day that someone like Bud steps forward to help them.
In addition to live donation, anyone interested in helping others with organ donation after death can simply sign their driver’s license stating they are willing to be an organ donor after they pass on.
Bob and Bud are both willing to share information on their journey through organ donation with anyone who has questions.

Additional information can be found by visiting www.uwhealth.org/transplant.