Ga. family mounts viral campaign to find donor

GREENSBORO, Ga. -- A family in Georgia is hoping to mount a viral campaign to find a kidney for a father of three.

Raleigh Callaway, 49, is in need of a new kidney after battling diabetes, hypertension and chronic kidney disease for 15 years, according to his family.

Callaway, a veteran investigator with the Greensboro, Ga. Police Department, is in stage 5 kidney failure. His kidneys are functioning at only 10 percent, the family says.

Still, he remains optimistic, according to his wife of 10 years Kristi Callaway.

"He trusts that God has a plan for him and that he will live to see his children graduate, wed and become parents," said Kristi Callaway. "He had hoped to avoid dialysis but knows it's a very real and soon-to-come necessity to keep him healthy until a donor match is found."

The father of a 19-year-old old son and two daughters, ages 4 and 2, is continuing to work full-time as his kidneys fail him.

"He's completely involved in parenting our children, housework, outings with our girls, and everything else that comes along with being a full time working parent to two young children," said Kristi Callaway.

Kristi Callaway is turning to the community in hopes of finding a living donor.

"Raleigh has always been so private with his health conditions, and when he asked me to share his need on Facebook after his evaluation at Emory, I knew we needed to do it in a special way," said Kristi Callaway. "I called Brandy Angel and explained to her that Raleigh was finally willing to share his condition and desperate need in hopes of finding someone willing to be tested and donate a life-saving kidney to him."

Kristi and Raleigh posed with their two daughters, Delaini and Braleigh, in a adorable set of photos taken by Brandy Angel Photography. The girls are holding a sign that says "Our Daddy needs a Kidney!"

"She called me two days ago and told me what was happening and asked how we could get the word out," said Brandy Hayes Angel. "I told her to meet me for pictures with a sign saying 'Our Daddy needs a Kidney' and we would make it go viral."

The pictures were posted on a website and Facebook page and sent across the internet to various social media sites.

Angel said she's been touched by the response so far.

"He is so loved in his community," Angel said. "Seeing the good in people is so incredibly moving."

Kristi says a living donor kidney can function well for up to 20 years.

Raleigh's blood type is AB+ and is considered the universal recipient, which means he can accept blood from anybody, the post said.

Anyone interested in learning more about how to be a living donor for Raleigh Callaway is asked to call Emory Transplant at 855-366-7989.

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