May 9, 2014 7:00 PM by Danielle Lerner
INDIANAPOLIS- A Hereford man in need of a kidney transplant is taking his donor search to the streets, literally. From circulating flyers to sharing his story online, Jason Horton is determined to survive, and it is a race against time.
Right now Jason and his family are in Indianapolis where he is undergoing dialysis and working with the Indiana University Health Transplant Center to track down a donor.
"The prognosis is good for me, because I want it to be good," Jason said.
He is battling FSGS, or scarring in sections of his kidney filters. There is no known cure but the 26-year-old husband and father is doing all he can to stay positive and stay busy.
"If you don't stay busy, all you have is your treatment, all you do is go to the dialysis unit, or for me do it at home, and that's what your life becomes," he said. "I didn't want my life to be defined as 'I'm waiting on a kidney transplant.'"
As of Friday morning the Department of Health and Human Services says there are 100,370 people waiting for kidney transplants in the U.S. So Jason's parents started circulating flyers in and around Sierra Vista. He is on Facebook, trying to raise awareness. He also teamed up with the site MatchingDonors.com, which connects potential donors from around the world with those in need of transplants.
"You may not be able to donate to me, you may not be my blood type, you may not be my tissue type, but you can donate to somebody," said Jason.
If you would like to give blood to see if you are compatible contact Kathy Karns, the living donor coordinator at the Indiana University Health Transplant Center. Her phone number is (317) 948-4707. You can also email Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org.