Frank Ancrum, a Vietnam War veteran, needed a new kidney because of exposure to Agent Orange during his two tours of duty.

Meghan Overdeep
May 2, 2018
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Eight months ago, Frank Ancrum and Bianca Gadsden Powell were perfect strangers. Now, they’re best friends.

"Everyday, if we don't talk, we text, but almost every day," they recently told WCIV.

It’s no surprise really, considering that a few months ago Powell gave Ancrum the gift of life in the form of a much-needed kidney.

It all began at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, where Ancrum volunteers and Powell works a medical instrument technician. Ancrum, a 68-year-old Vietnam War veteran, needed a new kidney because of exposure to Agent Orange during his two tours of duty.

"I saw Mr. Frank and I noticed he was a volunteer and we just started talking," Powell recalled to WCIV.

That’s when the two got to talking.

"She told me she offered someone else an organ, and I said whoa," said Ancrum. "I asked her… 'Would it be alright if I had the organ?' She said yes.’"

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After two months of waiting, on October 4, 2017, they got the call that would bind them together for life.

"I called Mr. Frank and I told him they told me we were a match," said Powell.

"The first thing I said was 'Thank you, Jesus," cause I was just so excited," said Ancrum.

Charleston VAMC employee donates kidney to Veteran

Ralph H. Johnson VAMC employee Bianca Powell donated her kidney to Vietnam Veteran Frank Ancrum, a VA patient and volunteer who she met while working at the medical center. What a beautiful display of true dedication to the mission of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - to care for him who shall have borne the battle. WCIV | ABC News 4 Erica Scripa

Posted by Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center on Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ancrum told WCIV that it was an answer to his prayers.

"I just wanna thank you for being so sweet and giving me the gift of life and I'm gonna take care of it until the day I leave this side," he told Powell during their recent on-camera get together.

The transplant took place at Medical University of South Carolina on February 28. Ancrum and Powell are reportedly both doing well. To learn more about becoming a kidney donor, visit