A local man is being called a hero. Rhonda Alonza's family has been hit several times by polycystic kidney disease. She watched her mom, aunts and uncles live with this disease and now her brothers, Randy and Rodney Richardson, have been stricken with it. Both Rodney and Richard recently started dialysis.
Many people who need organ transplants cannot get them because of the shortage of donations. Thousands of names are added to the waiting list each month. Some even die while waiting on the donation.
Rodney's friend, Carl Shull, has offered to donate one of his kidneys to him. Shull has gone through the testing and is a confirmed match. The two met at work 14 years ago.
The surgery is scheduled for October 18. Although Shull's surgery is covered because he's a living donor, he is in need of money while he's off work, to take care of his family.
Rodney's family is trying to help Shull to show their appreciation. They are looking to raise money to help with his household expenses. All other funds after paying those expenses will be donated to the National Kidney Foundation.
The family will host a spaghetti fundraiser Sunday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. It will be held at the UAW Local 387 Hall, on Telegraph, in Flat Rock, Mich.
Straight donations can be made by check to The Carl Shull Donor Fund. They can then be mailed to Credit Union One in West Bloomfield. Online donations can be made here.