Man Makes Public Plea For Kidney Donor

BEAVERTON, Ore. — A Beaverton man is begging on the side of the road, but he doesn’t want your change.

28-year-old Earl Martinez was born with a genetic kidney disease and has been receiving dialysis treatments four hours a day, three times a week for the past 18 months.

He’s been waiting more than a year to get a kidney transplant. Martinez says he decided to try and find a donor by holding up a sign on the side of the road that says ‘need kidney donor’ at local intersection.

“My insurance would cover all medical cost upon my side and the donors side, so the donor would have no medical costs,” Martinez said.

All he needs now is a matching candidate. Martinez has a hereditary disease called alport syndrome, so his family cannot donate a kidney to him.

If you want to help Mr. Martinez you can contact him through his Facebook page.


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  1. Katie W. says:

    How can the public find out the informaton of what a person would need in order to be a matching canidate? Blood type… etc.


  2. Jenn says:

    Sad deal for that young man! Any additional information would be helpful, ie: blood type, any contact info…anything a person would need to know so someone can help! Thank you and God Bless!

  3. maureen says:

    how do we get in touch with him to get testing info?

  4. Newswatch 12 says:

    We will add this information to the article as well, but you can get in contact with him through this Facebook page, which you can send messages to:


  5. livingdonor101 says:

    I have to wonder if Mr. Martinez knows (or cares) what he asking of someone.

    4.4 kidney donors die each yr in the US w/i 12 months of surgery.

    20% experience complications: hernia, nerve damage, pancreatitis, chylous ascities, etc.

    20-30% suffer from depression, anxiety & PTSD. Not a single transplant ctr offers structured aftercare or support services.

    We have NO comprehensive short or long-term data. Recipients are tracked for 10 yrs. Bone marrow donors also have a govt sponsored registry. Living organ donors don’t even have one year of valid data.

    As the sister of a kidney recipient, I understand Martinez’ concerns. However as an living kidney donor and living donor activist, I find the constant neglect of living donation’s risks reprehensible. The public are not medical supply. Living donors are people too.


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