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Alum finds kidney donor with heart for helping

Abel Alvarez 3 600x400 96Abel Alvarez (’82), the Abilene Christian University trustee profiled in this earlier blog post, is scheduled for a life-saving kidney transplant Friday, July 1, in San Antonio.
His successful search for a donor was boosted when the parent of an ACU student read our March 2 post about Alvarez’ need for someone with two healthy kidneys and rare O negative blood type. He responded within hours to the McAllen, Texas, minister.
In all, seven people came forward to volunteer shortly after the ACU Today post. A battery of medical tests of several prospects during the following weeks led Alvarez and his doctors to choose a 48-year-old North Texas man whose son was a freshman at ACU in 2015-16. He is not a graduate of Abilene Christian but was touched by watching a Moody Coliseum Chapel presentation on the internet and reading about Alvarez’ need.
A web page allows friends to help with the $75,000 tab not covered by Alvarez’ health insurance.
Watch this blog for news of the two men’s transplant surgery and the inspiring story behind their providential pairing.