Kidney brothers: Faith and friendship inspire life-saving gift

By , Special to the Daily Memphian Updated: August 30, 2021 9:25 AM CT | Published: August 30, 2021 4:00 AM CT
<strong>Rev. Colenzo Hubbard (left) and Lee Giovannetti have been friends for nearly 25 years.&nbsp;&ldquo;Colenzo has a big heart,&rdquo; said Becky Wilson, who has known both men for years. &ldquo;So does Lee.&rdquo; Their story, she said, is &ldquo;the epitome of loving your neighbor as yourself.&rdquo;</strong> (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

Rev. Colenzo Hubbard (left) and Lee Giovannetti have been friends for nearly 25 years. “Colenzo has a big heart,” said Becky Wilson, who has known both men for years. “So does Lee.” Their story, she said, is “the epitome of loving your neighbor as yourself.” (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

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When an ailing Black Episcopal priest needed a kidney, his friend, a white businessman, didn’t hesitate.

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