Couple uses billboard in hopes of finding a kidney

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (WVLT) - They say your wedding day is a day you'll never forget. But for Debbie Hobbs, it was also a day she never saw coming.

Nearly two years ago, Thom Hobbs surprised Debbie with an impromptu wedding at her job.

"You could spend months planning a wedding instead of 24 hours and never achieve a better result," said Thom Hobbs.

Hobbs didn't want to waste any time making Debbie his wife, especially because time isn't something he can afford to take for granted.

"I was in end stage renal failure, and we just didn't know how much energy and time we had to plan something out," said Hobbs.

Nearly two years later, they're still just as in love. But, their happily ever after has been filled with hurdles. Hobbs' kidney failure means dialysis treatment every other day.

"I just want my energy back. I want my ability to travel, to have my health back, to give Debbie everything she deserves," said Hobbs.

It's hard to put into words the sheer magnitude of their need. But finally, they think they've found an appropriate scale.

Thanks to help from East West Media, Highway 321 in Lenoir City has a billboard that alternates from business advertisements to life-saving ones.

"It gives us just a little hope that some day you never know who's going to drive by and see it and just get inspired to give," said Hobbs.

Since their wedding day, they've vowed to be there for each other in sickness and in health. They've kept the first half of that promise. Now, they'd like a shot at the rest.

"You never know who is going to be at the right place at the right time to do something about it," said Hobbs.

The couple is very hopeful. But, they say that even if the billboard doesn't lead to a match for Hobbs, it could help someone else. They want everyone to know how important organ donation is.

If you are interested in donating to Hobbs, you can reach him at 865-738-7870.