DALLAS - Victor and Misty Parras knew this day could come -- they didn't realize it would be so soon.
"I have kids, I have a husband who -- no, death is not an option," said Misty Parras.
The mother of two from Kaufman, Texas was diagnosed with a kidney disease 15 years ago when she was pregnant with her first child.
Late last year, she got the news her kidney was failing and she would need a transplant.
"We knew what it meant," Misty said. "We knew dialysis, we knew transplant -- we knew all that was ahead of us."
"It's life-changing, a lot goes through your head just," Victor said. "What are we going to do? We had to believe in each other and take it day by day."
The harsh reality is that thousands of people die each year on the transplant list waiting for an organ. Misty and Victor weren't going to sit around and wait.
"I knew then that I would always donate to her. If the opportunity was there I would do it, I wouldn't even think twice about it," said Victor.
Turns out the high school sweethearts are a match -- on Thursday, Victor Parras, a Gun Barrel City police officer, underwent the last round of tests before heading to surgery.
He’s expected to miss three to six weeks of work, but said it’s a small price to pay.
"You’re going to do whatever it takes for the ones you love, you don't care about the sacrifices you make," Victor said.
Meanwhile, the communities of Gun Barrel City and Kaufman have rallied around the family. A friend of the Parrases launched a GoFundMe page to raise money. The couple has designed and sold T-shirts that read, “my hope is in him.”
The couple has just celebrated 20 years together and they’ve always shared a heart. Soon they’ll share a new connection that just may save her life.
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