BEAVERTON, Ore. (CBS Seattle/AP) – A man begging along the side of a road in Beaverton isn’t asking for spare change.
Earl Martinez is holding a sign that reads, “Need Kidney Donor.”
“I definitely don’t need money. I just need a kidney,” Martinez told KOIN-TV.
The 28-year-old told the station he was born with a genetic kidney disease called Alport Syndrome, which rules out family members as donors. He has been on dialysis for 18 months and been waiting more than a year for a transplant.
Martinez, who is married with two daughters, says his insurance will cover all medical costs.
“The donor would have no medical costs at all,” he added to KOIN.
Martinez created a Facebook page last year to help connect kidney donors.
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