In need of a kidney, Kansas City-area man turns to Facebook in search of a donor

KSHB | Terra Hall

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It was 3 years ago that polycystic kidney disease made Kevin Heuerman 's healthy kidneys begin to fail.

"It's supposed to be hereditary and your family, but unfortunately I drew the short straw and I got it," Heuerman said. "I have a 50-50 chance of passing it onto my children."

While he saw specialists and doctors, it wasn't until he turned to an unlikely source that he began to get real relief.

"My wife and my sister came up with an idea. Facebook," he explained. "I woke up the next morning and had 150 likes on this page that I had no idea about. It took off like wildfire. I'm actually going to the transplant part of it now at Research Hospital and they called us up and said, 'We don't know what you did, but you have 100 people call in a day.'"

Today, his page 'Kevin Needs a Kidney ' has nearly a thousand likes, all from supporters wanting to help -- even if that means giving away one of their kidneys. Continue reading VIDEO.