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A Sheboygan woman needs a kidney, so she's broadcasting it on her car

Posted at 5:42 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 18:42:12-05

SHEBOYGAN — A Sheboygan woman is taking a unique approach to finding an organ donor.

37-year-old Amanda Boor is the woman behind a dark red SUV covered in paint and pleading for a kidney.

"I've had a couple of bites but nothing yet," said Boor.

She explained how she got the idea to broadcast her request from a worker at the Davita Center where she was going for dialysis.

In 2015, Amanda suffered a stroke. It aggravated an autoimmune disease that had already been attacking her kidneys for years.

The damage put her on dialysis.

"It's an everyday thing and I do it overnight while I sleep," Boor said.

One wall of her bedroom is covered with boxes of liquids and medical equipment she needs for her at-home dialysis.

"It can be very draining, but you know I just have to stay positive and know it’s gonna happen it’s just a matter of when," said Boor.

The National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin says 1,822 people are waiting for an organ donation in the state. 1,437 of those people are waiting for a kidney.

But Amanda is trying to speed up the waiting process so she can be a better mom to her 11-year-old daughter Gabrielle.

"I want to be there for her. I know what it's like to lose your parents, so she's young and I don't want her to have this be her memory of me," said Boor.

"I just want her to have a better life for her daughter also. I know how tired she is and how much this gets her down. It’s really hard on a person so I see that. I see her struggle so it hurts me," said Boor's aunt Jacqueline Lillesand.

Despite having her SUV painted for months, Amanda has yet to find a good match.

But, she remains hopeful.

"It would mean everything to get a kidney. I've had a rough go for the past couple years I'd really like to be 2020 the year where the magic happens," said Boor.

If you would like to help Amanda call 813-KIDNEYS. You'll reach Amanda who will work with you on the next steps to find out if there is a match.