Two Western Pa. lives changed through kidney transplant, Facebook chat

Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Rebekah Ceidro, who is running the Pittsburgh Half Marathon, is shown at her Crafton home, Friday, April 28, 2017. Ceidro agreed to be a live kidney donor for her friend, Chris Moore of Derry.
Rebekah Ceidro hadn't seen her friend for a few years when the post appeared on her Facebook feed.

Chris Moore, 30, of Derry had chronic kidney disease. He needed a kidney transplant in six months to a year.

"How is this possible?" thought Ceidro, 33, of Crafton as she recalled their days of working together in a Latrobe Eat'n Park. "He was so young. He was this guy who had always been in great shape. It didn't make sense."

The Facebook post went up late last summer. For weeks, mutual friends shared the post, commented on it and sent Moore prayers and well-wishes.

But as far as Ceidro could tell, nobody sent an offer for an actual kidney.

She sent him a private Facebook message.

Ceidro: Hey. so i saw the facebook thing. Have you found a potential donor yet?

Moore: Hey. No I haven't found a donor yet. I guess a bit of waiting period is to be expected though. … The main thing is blood type and tissue compatibility. I'm type O. Continue reading

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