Man's family buys ad space on train: 'My brother needs a kidney'

KCBY | Katherine Kissel

PORTLAND, Ore. (KATU) — It's not a typical ad plastered on the side of the Max train. The headline: "My brother needs a kidney."

"It was the most effective thing we could imagine," said Barry Maynard. His adult son Jim suffers from polycystic kidney disease. Something that runs in the family.

Seventeen years ago Maynard donated his kidney to his wife. Now, his son is in need.

Maynard said they took a chance with the ad and it was promising at first.

"We had a flurry of responses," said Maynard.

He said nearly 25 people inquired. Ultimately, the donors fell through for one reason or another.

Then the family got another setback. Jim came down with pneumonia this winter.

"And that really took him down, and it failed rather rapidly after that," said Maynard.

Jim's scheduled for surgery next month to remove his kidney that's now the size of a football. If he doesn't get a healthy kidney by then, he'll continue with dialysis.

"Dialysis keeps you alive, but it's a hard life and there are a lot of limitations with it," said Laura Ellsworth, with Donate Life NW. Continue reading

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