'Save my mom's life!': 13-year-old boy tries to find a new kidney for his mom

TODAY | A. Palowski

Addison Wunsch, 13, posted this photo on Facebook last week in a quest to find a kidney for his mom. It has already generated dozens of responses.

At 13, Addison Wunsch already knows what it's like to watch a loved one struggle against illness, so the boy is looking for a hero.

Addison's mom is suffering from end-stage kidney disease and waiting for an organ transplant. The family rejoiced when they recently found a potential kidney donor who appeared to be a perfect match, but a final test uncovered a medical problem that meant the donation could not go forward.

Hopes dashed, Addison turned to social media this month to help find a new donor for his mom, and kind strangers are already responding.

It's hard for her to go through all of this and go through dialysis every night, not doing fun things we used to do," Addison, who lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota, told TODAY. "I want my mom to get a new kidney so she'll feel better."

"He's just an amazing kid," his mom Mandi Sticka said. "I do want to be there for him. Obviously, like any mother I want to be there to watch him grow up." Continue reading.