“We just need one match:” friends put Leon County woman’s search for kidney on billboards


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – A name for assist, flashing excessive within the sky. Drivers in Tallahassee might have seen a latest digital billboard that includes a Leon County girl in dire want of a kidney transplant.

Missy Timmins is in her 50s residing with Polycystic Kidney Illness. It’s a hereditary illness. Her mom, two brothers have it. Her late grandmother had the illness, too.

Recognized a long time in the past, Timmins stated she knew a transplant later in life could possibly be wanted. However she suffers from a extra aggressive type of the illness. In 2016, she was informed it was already time to search for a donor.

However 5 years later, she’s nonetheless ready.

“I actually thought it might be over now,” she stated.

Her troublesome journey isn’t with out a supportive group of family and friends by her facet. One life-long pal, Brad Ray, was prepared to donate his kidney straight away.

“I’d minimize it out myself tomorrow if I might,” he stated.

However Brad’s blood sort isn’t a match for Timmins. So he signed up for a Paired Donation program, looking for an analogous pair wherever within the nation that would open extra doorways to get Timmins the kidney she wants.

However even that proved fruitless. Nonetheless, Timmins is grateful for Ray’s willingness to assist.

“There are not any phrases to inform somebody who’s prepared to donate part of themselves to save lots of your life,” she stated.

Her state of affairs grow to be extra critical final yr. After a number of deliberate transplants canceled on the final second, Timmins got here down with COVID-19.

“The COVID has destroyed what’s left of the kidney perform I had left,” she stated.

Timmins completes eleven hours of at-home dialysis therapy a day. She stated a extra intrusive dialysis therapy could also be in her future as her situation deteriorates.

Her mates knew she wants a kidney now greater than ever. So just a few acquired collectively and got here up with the thought for the billboard.

“It was a type of duh elements of ten,” Ray stated. “Why didn’t we do that three years in the past?”

Timmins stated the publicity has already produced viable leads. A number of individuals are within the early phases of seeing in the event that they could possibly be a match. However having been burned earlier than, Timmins is cautiously optimistic.

“It’s been an journey,” she stated. “An extended haul.”

A journey that hopefully nears an finish.

For extra info on that journey, visit her Facebook page.

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