Couple gets creative to find help for kidney donations

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ECTOR COUNTY -- One Odessa couple found a creative way to help his wife get enough money for a kidney transplant she desperately needs.

Tom Hall said he’s been trying to help his wife Julie get a new kidney for more than two years.

But then, a few months ago he found a new way to try to speed up the process.

“I don’t know, the idea just came to me,” Tom said.

Signs all over his truck ask locals to help them get a kidney donation everywhere he goes.

The couple needs more than three thousand dollars to afford a trip to San Antonio for an evaluation that could match Julie with an organ donor.

“Oh, it’d be better than ever,” Julie Hall said. “I’d be a blessing from heaven.”

Julie hall explains she has end-stage renal disease, which means her kidneys rely on dialysis treatments to work.

She describes how she has to be hooked up to a dialysis machine three times a week for at least three hours at a time.

“It’s not too good,” Julie Hall said. “Sometimes you wake up good and sometimes you don’t.”

And it will only get worse.

“Her kidneys are deteriorating,” Tom said. “And, eventually, they’ll stop functioning all together.”

That’s why Tom said he’s urgently blaring his wife’s story on his truck as well as on Julie herself by making her a t-shirt expressing her need for a kidney.

He said people have been giving small amounts of money at a time, but there’s still a long road ahead.

“I was hoping it would do something for us and it has a little bit but we’re way way way away from our goal,” Tom said.

Meanwhile, Julie said she’s optimistic that god and her community will help take care of her, even if it’s just a little at a time.

“It means a lot to me,” Julie said. “A little bit here, a little bit there. Every little bit helps.”

Anyone who would like to donate to the halls can call 432-308-3307.