The Acorn | Sylvie Belmond
More than 100,000 men, women and children in the U.S. are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants.
Chris Breed, an Agoura Hills resident who was born with hereditary kidney disease, is among those who have received an organ from a living donor.
The owner of Sunset Room restaurant in Agoura Hills was weeks away from having to begin dialysis when his friend Brian Berg learned he was a compatible organ donor for Breed.
They underwent successful kidney transplant surgery at UCLA on Dec. 20.
The two men met 10 years ago through their daughters, Rebecca and Morgan. The girls became friends while attending Willow Elementary School in Agoura, and their parents and siblings also developed a close bond.
“The transplant has brought us even closer,” Breed said.
“Brian’s been so concerned about me since he gave me the kidney, making sure it is okay and working, as if it was his responsibility,” he joked.
Breed, who enjoys the outdoors and played semi-professional rugby in England during his youth, began looking for a matching donor a decade ago. His search intensified in recent years as his health began to deteriorate.
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