By Dianne Weaver

A Chloe, Calhoun County woman has donated a kidney to her sister-in-law in Groveland, New York, after a year of evaluation and planning.

Joann Greathouse Morris, who is 38, gave a kidney to her long-time friend and in-law, Tina Morris Kanouse, a juvenile diabetic. Kanouse, who is also 38, received a transplant in 1987 from her mother, Nadine Smith of Grantsville.

"This transplant has been a blessing and everything is going well," said Jim Kanouse, Tina's husband. "She (Joann) has been close to us. She was in our wedding in 1991." The Kanouse family are parents of two sons.

Kanouse said Tina's brother Ron Morris of Chloe attempted to donate his kidney, but the medical team decided he was not a "good donor." He said Joann came forward, and her kidney met the criteria.

The family said Tina's problem has worsened in the past three years and she had to be placed back on dialysis in 2000.

Both women are recovering in Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York, after surgery on October 30th.

Ron and Joann Morris are the parents of Calhoun state wrestling champs, Chris and Jeff. They also have another son, Justin.

Tina Morris Kanouse was born in Grantsville, daughter of Tony Morris, who lives at Chloe, and mom, Nadine Smith of Grantsville.

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