MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT) - A husband and father from Midlothian is begging for help to find a kidney and fast.
Christopher Coleman has battled a kidney disease for two decades and says it’s a reality he knows he needs to deal with in order to be there for his family. He was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease, or PKD, when he was 30 years old. He’s lived a fairly normal life for nearly 20 years, but within the last year, he can no longer ignore its effects as his kidneys fail.
He's currently on the transplant list at VCU Medical Center and will need to go on dialysis soon. But, the harsh reality of this disease is nothing new for Coleman; both his mother and grandfather died from PKD.
With his family’s history in mind, he turned to social media and posted on Facebook, opening his very private journey to the world.
"[Prior to the post only] immediate family and a couple really close friends knew that I was dealing with the kidney disease,” said Coleman.
But his reasoning for sharing his struggle is easy to find: his wife and three children.
“That’s my biggest struggle is my wife and kids; I want to be there for them,” he said, “the hardest part is watching them achieve life's little goals and do things, daughters getting married, going off to school, you know, doing those things, it's hard.”
If you would like to see if you are eligible to donate to Christopher, you can comment on his Facebook post.
His blood type is O+, but anyone with type O blood is eligible to donate, that means both O+ and O-. If you do not have type O, you may still be eligible to do what’s called a parent exchange. That means you would donate your kidney on behalf of Chris and the person receiving your kidney would have a person donate to Chris.