HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY –
A Bay area mother is pleading to the public.
She needs a new kidney, again.
Now, Devon Carver’s story is getting out to people across the Tampa area, thanks to multiple billboards along area roadways.
They read: “Local Mother Needs Living Kidney Donor.”
“I hope it saves my life,” Carver said.
A neighbor helped launch the billboard, which CBS Outdoor is running as a public service announcement.
It shows Devon and her 12-year-old son.
Carver was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was two.
She had been warned about some of the complications that can go along with the disease, but vowed they would never happen to her.
Now, at age 34, it is happening. Devon is on dialysis eleven hours a day and has already had one failed kidney transplant.
“It’s been a bad go-around because now, this time, they said that I need a live donor, because to wait for a kidney alone is about six years,” said Carver. “I’ve been so sick, I just had three of my toes amputated off, I’m learning how to walk again on my own.”
Devon’s mom thinks the billboard is a good idea.
“Not only can it help her, but it can also call attention to the fact that there are not enough donors for the people who need kidneys and other organs,” Sheri Cooley said. “She really needs a live donor right now, because she won’t live long enough to get to the top of that list.”
Now billboards are drawing attention, reaching out to the community with a very big and very and personal message.
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