Published: Feb 14, 2011 6:53 PM EST
Updated: Feb 14, 2011 3:57 PM EST

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Not flowers and hearts, but a kidney: A Minnesota man will get a Valentine's Day gift of a lifetime.

Ron Spanier and fiance Amy Anderson are preparing for the kidney donation Tuesday at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview. Spanier's been on dialysis since last summer after a disease caused cysts in his kidneys. The two have a 3-month-old son.

Spanier jokes that since Anderson gave him his first-born and a kidney, he figured he'd marry her.

Anderson tells the St. Cloud Times she understands the stress of medical problems. Her first husband died of a stroke. Anderson has two children from that marriage, a 10-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son. Spanier and Anderson will plan their wedding after they heal from the surgery.

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