9 News NBC, Colorado
THORNTON - The gift of another day is something many of us take for granted. That gift was something 24-year-old Ryan Malloy didn't think he was going to get.
"Every night, I would pray that I would wake up the next morning," Malloy said.
He was just 20 years old when he was diagnosed with Goodpasture Disease - a rare illness that shuts down the kidneys and fills the lungs with blood.
Malloy needed a kidney, but no one in his immediate family was a match.
"As a mother, I was in a dark place. You usually can kiss your kids boo-boo's away, and I couldn't make this go away," Malloy's mom, Angie Hernandez, said.
Two months after renal-kidney failure, Ryan was put on the donor list for a kidney, but the wait was three to four years.
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