DELHI TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A billboard over Interstate 75 southbound through Cincinnati is advertising for a woman in need of a kidney transplant.
Kim and Dennis Smith will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this weekend. Dennis saw an empty billboard space and decided to surprise his wide by buying it for her.
“It was a fun day, just a fun day,” recalls Kim Smith while staring at a wedding photo of theirs in the living room of the home they bought in the early 90s.
She was diagnosed with Lupus decades ago and received a kidney transplant that’s lasted her more than 20 years. But now her body is rejecting it and she’s been on a wait list for a new transplant for eight years.
Dennis Smith hopes someone will see the billboard and be a perfect match.
The pair met when they were teenagers growing up down the street from each other in Delhi Township. Kim Smith jokes she wasn’t a fan of his friends, but needed a ride to school when things between them started.
“We have been through a lot together and he’s the only one I’ve wanted by my side. I want him there for everything,” she said.
When asked what 40 years of marriage is like, Dennis replied: “I wouldn’t change a thing. Well, there’s a couple things I might change but as far as the individual I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s been great.”
Dennis Smith also created his wife a website and signs for people to put in their yards, but decided with winter coming the billboard is more concrete. Plus, around 78,000 people are expected to glance at it weekly.
“This is what I could do for her, try to get the word out," he said.
While Kim Smith says she’s not in pain she admits she gets out of breath and has low energy. She says her life revolves around dialysis.
Kim hasn’t wanted to share her story, hoping to keep her life private but her husband has insisted. Both hope the billboard will not only help Kim, but other people in need of a kidney as well. For more information on how to help Kim, click here.