ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Two people met for the very first time in St. Louis this afternoon on a very special occasion.

This is the story of Beth Larsen, a woman who received a kidney transplant from a person she didn’t even know.

Larsen first found out she had a fast-acting kidney disease and only had 50% kidney function a few years ago.

“And after a biopsy, they discovered that I had Goodpasture disease,” Larsen explained.

The treatment she needed interfered with her everyday life.

“The problem with that is I’d had to go to work early, and I’d have to go to dialysis after, and I did that for three days a week,” said Larsen, “and it just took so much time out of my day.”

Then just a few days before her own wedding, she received a life-changing call.

“It ended up being the call but it was very cool because that’s when I found out that it was an altruistic donor, it was just somebody who wanted to donate to donate,” Larsen said.

Scott Hopfinger, the donor, said he’s glad his kidney went to Beth.

“The more I’ve gotten to know her,” explained Hopfinger, “we chat via facebook messenger, friends on facebook and everything. I see about her life, see her son and her husband and her family.”

The procedure was done at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. 

He encourages anyone who’s thinking about becoming a donor to look into it. 

“It means so much to both recipient and what I’m realizing now to also the donor, to just go through this experience and be able to share and to help, it’s unreal,” described Hopfinger.

Scott and Beth met on the field of the Cardinal’s game in St. Louis to throw the first pitch.

The doctor who performed the transplant, Dr. Jason Wellen, said anybody can be an organ donor in case of an accident.

“There’s really no limit on age, there’s no limit on weight, anyone that’s willing to become a donor should express that in case something should happen, and hopefully something positive comes out of a very bad situation,” said Dr. Wellen.

The doctor said it’s important to tell your loved ones about your wishes because even if you’re a registered donor if doctors can’t find your license, they may not have enough time to preserve your organs in time