Her husband, Steve Winfree, was diagnosed with kidney disease when he was 18-years-old. After his diagnosis, he said doctors told his parents he would not live to age 30.
After she found out she was a match, Heather Winfree used a custom made Topps baseball card to let her husband now he wouldn’t be striking out because of health issues anymore. She says her husband is an avid collector.
As she filmed the event, Steve Winfree pulled cards of Angels outfielder Mike Trout, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard and Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier. Then he found a special Topps card with his own picture on the front.
On the back of the card, there was a message to Steve Winfree from his wife. It read:
“Steve has had a lot on his plate. With his health issues, he has been striking out a lot. He was not sure how he was going to wind up. His wife Heather thinks he is a great catch so she decided to to bat for him. Now Steve will be a rookie recipient a Vanderbilt Transplant Center where his wife, Heather, will be pitching a new kidney to him. They are sure to hit it out of the ball park together!”
As Steve Winfree read the baseball card on his back porch he broke down crying.