Lewisburg native donates life

Monday, January 14, 2019

Christmas might be in the past now, but one Lewisburg native knows the true meaning of giving.

Tracy Edens Brewer is donating a kidney to a member of her church in Marysville, Tenn., where she currently lives.

Brewer grew up in Lewisburg, graduating from Marshall County High School in 1989. She is the daughter of Bob Edens of Lewisburg and Carolyn Simmons, formerly from Lewisburg.

A story in the Marysville Daily Times detailed her story on Monday.

Billy Click, 56 and a father of seven, has been on the transplant list at the University of Tennessee Medical Center for the past five years.

About a year ago, he began attending Dotson Memorial Baptist Church, where Brewer is a member and where Brewer’s husband Mike serves as his Sunday School teacher.

Over the months, as the church prayed that Click would receive the transplant he needed, Brewer, a registered nurse at Blount Memorial Hospital, said, in the article, that she felt God starting to work in her heart,

After talking it over with her husband, she decided, without telling Click, to get tested at UT to see if she was a match.

The tests determined that she was and she surprised Click with the news at a church function before Christmas.

The pair underwent surgery to transplant her kidney into Click on Wednesday.

Reports from the family on Thursday morning said that the surgery went well and that Brewer had been up and walking that night.

“This is not about me,” Brewer said in the Daily Times article. “I give all the praise and glory to God. I am so excited for Billy. It is all about what Jesus has done in my life. With the love that I have from him, I can love others.”

The Tribune has covered the issue of organ donation and the search for living donors last March, with the story of Darlene Yeargins Rendon, who is also seeking a living kidney donor.

Thousands of Tennesseans are currently on transplant lists and several die every day, waiting for a suitable donor. Living donors provide up to one third of organ donations yearly.