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Woman asks for kidney on billboard

By Samantha Anderson, sanderson@kwch.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:59:43 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 12 2013 06:49:45 PM CST
JEWELL CO, Kan. -

A Jewell County woman is trying to get a new kidney by asking drivers headed down I-70.

Sharon Nelson is in kidney failure, She has been driving 35 minutes to Concordia three times a week since 2009.  It isn't easy but she has to do it.

"If you don't have the dialysis, you're not going to survive," Nelson said.

Friends and family have offered to give her their kidney, but they weren't healthy enough or an "O" blood type.

That is why she decided to turn to a billboard posted just west of Salina on I-70. She got the idea from a nurse in the Mayo Clinic who said a woman in Milwaukee had success doing the same thing.

"We decided to do it," Nelson said. "Why not?"

Her husband painted the black lettering on the white sign towards the end of November. It reads, "I need a Kidney, 785-428-3390." The couple says so far five people have called and offered to help.

"We were just amazed at how generous those people that have called," Jim Nelson, Sharon's husband, said.

However, the people that did call weren't healthy enough or didn't have the right blood type.

However, Nelson still gets excited whenever the phone rings.

"I would be very greatful, very glad for the kidney," Sharon Nelson said.

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