Peekskill man makes plea to the public in an effort to find an organ donor

A Peekskill businessman's private struggle to find a liver donor became public Thursday.

Roger Hamilton, who runs Brush Graphics in downtown Peekskill, is in desperate need of a liver transplant. Now, the community where he works has come together to help spread the word about his situation. Anita Creem, who owns the Submarine Gallery across from Hamilton's store, says, "He's like the greatest citizen that Peekskill could have right now. I mean he gets so involved in the community." Aside from running a business in the area, Hamilton also sponsors a holiday show for the kids in Peekskill.

Hamilton's health problem dates back to his youth when he was diagnosed with cirrhosis. In Hamilton's case, a living donor can give him 40 to 60 percent of their liver in order to help save his life. Anyone willing to donate should be aware that after part of his or her liver is removed it would regenerate in four to six weeks.

Hamilton is hoping that his gift this holiday season is the gift of life.

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