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SEMO Family facing tough holiday gets unexpected gift

SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. (AP) - The kindness of strangers makes for a happier holiday for a southeast Missouri family.

Wess Holston has been battling Type I diabetes since he was 16. Now 30, he is awaiting a pancreas transplant.

His ailment has made it difficult for him to work, and medical bills have piled up. So Holston, his wife Katrina and their six children were facing a grim Christmas.

But recently, the family received a phone call. Katrina began to cry tears of joy: A Denver-area family donated money to help provide gifts for the family.

The donor family asked to remain anonymous after contacting the National Foundation of Transplants, saying they wanted to help a transplant patient in need. The amount of the donation was not released.

Information from: Southeast Missourian, http://www.semissourian.com

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