Ashland man takes out billboard advertisement to find organ donor

News Net 5 | Megan Hickey

WOOSTER, Ohio - An Ashland man is mounting his search for a kidney donor with a 20-foot billboard along the side of a busy Wayne County highway.

Jim Williams, 54, was diagnosed with a genetic disorder known as polycystic kidney disease back in 2005.

Despite changing his diet and living a healthy lifestyle, his kidney function has dropped drastically in recent years.

“You exhaust your family and close friends in terms of who could be a donor,” Williams said.

When his kidney function dropped below 20 percent in 2013, doctors told Williams that he would need to go on the transplant list.

“We've slowly seen it go from 70 percent, to 40, to 30, and then it really hit hard at 20,” Jim’s wife Mary Williams said. “We knew we had to get serious about finding a kidney donor.” Continue reading