Haverstraw man in need of kidney buys billboard ad on Route 9W in search of donor
A Haverstraw man in need of a kidney has purchased a billboard ad on Route 9W in hopes of finding a donor.
Joel Lowe says he has many of the same dreams and expectations of most young people.
"I got family, friends, a whole life to live. So much I want to do still," he says.
The 26-year-old man is in dire need of a kidney transplant.
He and his family have taken to social media and even purchased a roadside billboard on Route9W in search of a donor.
Lowe says he's been down this road before. He underwent his first kidney transplant in 2014, but his body began rejecting the donor organ two years ago, leading to daily dialysis treatments at home.
However, no one in his family is a match.
Doctors say a kidney donated from a deceased body has a life span of about five to seven years before the body starts to reject it.
Lowe says he has run out the clock and is in desperate need of a new transplant.
His family says they hope to find the right donor, preferably a living donor whose kidney would last approximately 20 years.
"I think I'm a pretty good person and I have a really long life to live, and it would really help me out," Lowe says.
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