Rural Norwalk resident Randy Wright has "been dying a slow death" since learning in 2009 he had polycystic kidney disease, said Wright's friend, Jack Kuhlman of Monroeville.
Wright, who has 5 to 8 percent function in his kidneys, is one of about 96,000 people in the U.S. who need a kidney. He hasn't been able to work since his diagnosis. He takes 10 different types of medication.
Wright must undergo dialysis, has little energy and knows that almost 20 people die each day due to lack of organs.
More than 100 miles away, in Mineral Ridge, long-time blood donor Monica Marsh has been eager "to do something more," such as donate one of her organs.
She searched "Needing a kidney in Ohio" on Google to find someone. She heard about Wright via Facebook.
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