Forsyth County man starts website to promote organ donation

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. —

A Forsyth County man started a website to educate people on the need for organ and tissue donations.

Thirty-six-year-old Andrew Persuad's kidneys have stopped working properly. In order to live, he must drive to dialysis three days a week.

"Just to be thrown that curveball, 'you need to be put on dialysis,' it was a shock," said Persuad.

In 2008, he received a donor kidney, but it's starting to fail.

"It's been a mere five years since I had my transplant, but I'm grateful for those five years I had my life back," said Persuad.

He joined a national list to receive a kidney, but that could take years.

"There are 100,000 people in the United States on the transplant list, a little over 3,800 in Georgia. We need to address this, and I need to take advantage of this opportunity."

So, Persuad created the website AndrewNeedsAKidney.com. He hopes a live donor will come forward.

The website is filled with information on the importance of organ and tissue donation. It shows you how you can sign up to be a donor for Andrew or someone else.

"Friends are sharing it, families sharing it, so it's going out all over the country," said Persuad.