Man proposes to girlfriend at Royals game after kidney donation - KCTV5

Man proposes to girlfriend in front of Royals crowd months after kidney donation

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A very special surprise kicked off Tuesday night's Royals game.

It's been four months since Taesha Benson gave her left kidney to her boyfriend Travis Spire-Sweet as an early Valentine's present at The University of Kansas Hospital.

During Tuesday's Royals-Cardinals game at Kauffman Stadium, Spire-Sweet threw out the first pitch to Benson in honor of Organ Transplant and Donor Awareness Night. Immediately afterward, he thanked her for giving him a future and then asked for her heart with a proposal.

The couple was being honored for their touching story of Benson giving the much-needed kidney to Spire-Sweet, despite only knowing each other a short time.

"Hold on one second," Spire-Sweet said after meeting Benson on the mound. "I love you more than anything in this world. Will you spend the rest of your life with me? Will you marry me?"

Amongst joyful tears, Benson said yes in front of the large crowd

Benson was one in approximately 30,000 with the chance of her being a perfect match for Spire-Sweet as a live kidney donor. About 6,000 living organ donations occur annually in the United States, and kidney donation is the most common. The director for the Center for Transplantation at The University of Kansas Hospital said the team uses living donors for kidney transplant whenever possible because those kidneys last on average three to five years longer than deceased donor kidneys.

The Royals also held an organ donation drive the same night in the couple's honor.

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