Saving A Stranger’s Life

Mike Riggs promised to give a kidney to a woman named "Nora":

My mother, an expert at prodding me in my pressure points, once asked if I had a case of Knight in Shining Armor Syndrome. She was searching for a way to diffuse my compulsion, to help me reconsider my decision. She wanted to know if rescuing Nora would be like rescuing everybody I’d ever wanted to save but couldn’t. Her question scraped at something deep. Whenever Nora was up against the ropes—after her cancerous breasts were removed, after her mother’s dementia upended her life, after she learned her father was dying—I wanted to be sure that when she looked down, she would be able to see me just outside the ring.