GREENSBORO, Ga. — A Georgia family aims to go viral in a photo campaign to find a donor kidney for a father of three.
Raleigh Callaway, 49, needs the kidney after battling diabetes, hypertension and chronic disease for 15 years, according to his family.
Callaway, a veteran investigator with the Greensboro Police Department, is in Stage 5 kidney failure. His kidneys are functioning at only 10%, the family said.
Still, he remains optimistic, according to his wife of 10 years, Kristi Callaway.
"He trusts that God has a plan for him and that he will live to see his children graduate, wed and become parents," said Callaway. "He had hoped to avoid dialysis, but knows it's a very real and soon-to-come necessity to keep him healthy until a donor match is found."
The father of a 19-year-old son and two daughters, ages 4 and 2, continues to work full time as his kidneys fail him.
"He's completely involved in parenting our children, housework, outings with our girls, and everything else that comes along with being a full-time working parent to two young children," Callaway said.
She is turning to the community in hopes of finding a living donor.
"Raleigh has always been so private with his health conditions, and when he asked me to share his need on Facebook after his evaluation at Emory, I knew we needed to do it in a special way," Callaway said. "I called Brandy Angel and explained to her that Raleigh was finally willing to share his condition and desperate need in hopes of finding someone willing to be tested and donate a lifesaving kidney to him."
The Callaways posed with their two daughters, Delaini and Braleigh, in a set of photos taken by Brandy Angel Photography. The girls hold a sign that reads: "Our Daddy needs a Kidney!"
"She called me two days ago and told me what was happening and asked how we could get the word out," said Brandy Hayes Angel. "I told her to meet me for pictures with a sign ... and we would make it go viral."
The pictures were posted on a website and Facebook and links were sent across the Internet to various social media sites.
Angel said she's been touched by the response so far.
"He is so loved in his community," Angel said. "Seeing the good in people is so incredibly moving."
For more information about how to be a living donor for Raleigh Callaway, call Emory Transplant Center at (855) 366-7989.