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Jan 23, 2013 1:25 PM by NBC News

Man in need of a kidney transplant takes to the streets to find a donor

(KGW) A Beaverton, Oregon man, tired of waiting, has hit the streets looking for a new kidney.

Earl Martinez, 28, has the genetic kidney disease Alport Syndrome. He's been getting dialysis four hours a day, three times a week for the past 18 months.

He said, it's like a part-time job, so now, Martinez decided to take matters into his own hands. He decided to stand on the corner of Northwest 185th and Cornell with a sign that says: "Need kidney donor."

"I haven't had anybody stop yet," said Martinez, "They just asked for the card and they haven't really had any questions."

After waiting two years, Martinez recently found out that he'd have to wait even longer for a transplant.

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