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A Stranger’s Gift of Life

WISCONSIN POLICE OFFICER LINDSEY BITTORF HAD NEVER MET 9-YEAR-OLD JACKSON ARNESON—UNTIL SHE DONATED HER KIDNEY TO HIM
To Serve and Protect Bittorf and Jackson first met in May, then reunited postsurgery on July 5 (with their matching kidney pillows). “He calls me his best friend now,” says Bittorf. “It’s amazing that we went from being complete strangers to best friends.”

For Officer Lindsey Bittorf of the Milton, Wis., police department, nothing is more important than family—and being a mom to her 2-year-old son Luca. So when she came across Kristi Goll’s desperate public plea for a kidney donor for her

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