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May 21, 2013 8:05 PM by Alex Labat

Port Barre High Graduate Donates Kidney to Uncle

After waiting years for a kidney transplant, the wait is almost over for a Cecilia High School coach.
Kevin Francis has been on the transplant list for three years, undergoing dialysis three days a week just to keep him alive.
But now a perfect match for a new kidney, and Francis didn't have to look far.

His nephew has stepped forward...and he's a teenager willing to put his own life on hold just to save his uncle's life.
David Francis is a star athlete, who's just graduated from Port Barre High School and was on his way to McNeese University to play football.
But he's put all that on hold, to give his uncle a kidney.
David says, "It makes me feel great because I'll have my uncle around a whole lot more with his kids. Basically, it's the children and what he does for his family, and this family."

David's mother, Tranelle Francis, says she's proud of her son's decision to save her brother, because in the Francis family...family is everything.
"We would die for each other. When I say close family, we would do anything for each other", says Tranella

As he waits for his life saving operation, Kevin Francis finds strength in his nephew.
It's what keeps him going everyday, on and off the field.
"Sometimes there's situations where a kid may be struggling, and I let them know. "Hey look, I'm a dialysis patient. I'm out here, I'm out here in this 100 degree weather working out with you. So if I can do it you can do it too. You don't have to make these excuses", says Kevin.

They go under the knife, together, next month, and because they'll be together, they're not scared.
They're hoping their story will inspire others.
David says, "It's nothing hard to do. You just have to be willing to do it."
"I'm going to be honest to you, if he was in the situation, and I'm not just saying that because I'm on TV, I would have been the first one to the plate to step up for him. Or for anyone else in my family", says Kevin.

The family is raising money to pay for their medical and travel expenses.
The operation is next month at Oschner Medical Center in New Orleans.
The family is looking to raise five thousand dollars, they've started an online fundraiser (found here) and they're almost halfway to their goal.

 

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