Earl Martinez Of Beaverton, Ore. Pleads For Kidney Donor With Sign Near Road

9:53 AM, Jan 22, 2013   |    comments
Earl Martinez, 'begs' for a kidney on Southwest 185th Avenue in Beaverton, Ore (Ellen Hansen, KOIN Local 6)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) - A man begging along the side of a road in Beaverton isn't asking for spare change.

Earl Martinez is holding a sign that reads, "Need Kidney Donor."

The 28-year-old told KOIN (http://bit.ly/WT53gE ) he was born with a genetic kidney disease that rules out family members as donors. He has been on dialysis for 18 months and been waiting more than a year for a transplant.

Martinez says his insurance will cover all medical costs.

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