Beaverton, Ore., man begging for kidney donor

Updated at: 01/22/2013 8:07 AM

(AP) BEAVERTON, Ore. - 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 ( ) 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.


Information from: KOIN-TV,

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