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Bill Miller Bar-BQ manager donates kidney to save customer’s life

San Antonio – Cecilia Canizanes was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2010. Since having dialysis she has had to hand out dozens of donor cards asking friends, family and strangers to see if they could be a match. to help her get a kidney.

Sophia Parrish, manager at Bill Miller Bar-BQ, takes pride in her customer service. This is how she got to know Canizanes.

Their friendship began when she asked Canizanes why she only wanted a little water with every order.

“Canizanes begins to speak:” Hello madam, how are you? “And we just like it, completely and totally clicked,” Parrish said.

This friendship has grown and continued over the months. For Parrish, Canizanes reminded him of one of his favorite aunts. So in the end, she offered to get tested to see if she fit.

“I do anything, anything to help anyone. And if I can help someone, then I will. And that’s what I did. And I said, at least I can do is at least see if I’m a match, “Parrish said. To her surprise, she was compatible and after a conversation with her family, she decided to go ahead with the donation.

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“It’s in our nature to help people, because if you can’t help people, then why are we here? You know, we have to help each other as much as possible, ”Parrish said.

Both are doing well in their recovery.

Michelle Segovia, communications director for the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance, says this year has been successful in getting more people to become registered donors.

“They have the potential to save up to eight lives through organ donation,” she said.

To learn more about how to become a donor, visit

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