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Woman uses billboards to help find husband a kidney

Joshua Panas
June 14, 2018 07:06 PM

RUIDOSO, N.M.—Three years ago, Chris DeBusk, 45, was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease. Since then, he has been undergoing dialysis therapy three days a week; each treatment lasting four hours.

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His wife, Jennifer DeBusk, has been helping him since they met in December 2017.

Their first date was at a Starbucks. Chris said he was running late and she almost took off, but she waited 15 more minutes.

Jennifer said he told her about his illness and didn’t see it as a reason to not pursue a relationship.

They tied the knot in March of this year and she wanted to donate her kidney.

“I’ve contacted the transplant team, and we’re actually the same blood type, but they will not let me because I’ve had cancer and a bone marrow transplant,” said Jennifer.

Chris is a father of four. Three of his children are all grown up, but he has a 10-year-old daughter who lives in Texas with her mother.

He said he visits them whenever he has a chance and because they all live away; he had been battling kidney disease alone before meeting Jennifer.

“She supports me in every way she can and she actually goes to treatments with me, and I never really had that before,” said Chris. “She knows how to motivate me to keep on fighting to beat this thing.”

Jennifer said she wants to find him a living donor. They said it can take up to 46 years for a person to receive a kidney from a deceased donor and Chris doesn’t know how much time he has left.

To help get the word out, Jennifer thought of using billboards. She said they were donated. One is in Las Cruces and another one will be put up near Roswell.

“One of them has a picture of just Chris and it’s got a green ribbon which is for kidney disease and it says, ‘Please save my husband’s life’,” said Jennifer.

They said if someone finds out they’re not a match, there is a swap program where they could donate their kidney to someone else who needs it.

Chris wants for people to be more aware of this disease and research how the donation process works.

Jennifer created a website with Chris’s story and a GoFundMe page for future surgery expenses.

If anyone is interested in finding out if they are a match, they’re asked to call these numbers.

Living Transplant Coordinator

Melissa: (505) 563-6472

Chris’s Transplant Coordinator

Amy: (505) 563-6170

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Joshua Panas

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