Huntsville man hopes magnet will find him a kidney

Huntsville man hopes magnet will find him a kidney

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Every time Bill May gets into his driver's seat, it's more than just a trip down the road. He's carrying a message with him.

For the past 14 years, May has been battling kidney disease.

"My kidney function has gradually deteriorated over that period of time and now, within the last month, I've gone on dialysis," says May.

May has been on the transplant list for a year and a half with no luck, so two months ago, he put a magnet on his car with the simple phrase

"I need a kidney transplant." May says he's just doing everything he can to get a kidney.

He actually got the idea from another man in Birmingham.

"He was in need of a kidney and due to the sign, he was able to get a kidney," explains May.

May's sign has attracted a lot of attention.

"I've had people roll down their window and talk to me at a stop light," Mays says.

But he's still waiting for the sign to catch the eye of a possible donor.

"It's life and being able to not have to worry about all the medication, all the dialysis treatments that I have to go through," says May.

May said it's his family, including a 2-year-old granddaughter, that keeps him strong in his search for a kidney.

There are several qualifications that you have to meet to even be able to donate. First, you have to be in good health. Your blood type plays a big factor. May has type "O" blood, which means he can only receive a kidney from someone with type "O" blood.

If you're interested in donating your kidney to Bill, just contact the Centennial Transplant Center in Nashville.

The number is (615) 342-5626. Just give them the file name of "William May" and they'll provide you with more information on being a possible donor.

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