How far would you go to help a stranger? One local woman is leading the search for a kidney donor for a man she barely knew. Our Elyse Mickalonis has more on this special story and how you can help.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- When Dani Cronce made a disability support group on Facebook she knew she was making a difference. But she didn’t know how big of a difference she would soon be making.
“I met Dan on an online course for college for history and he mentioned he was disabled and I have a disability group and offered that he join,” said Cronce.
A simple invite to join a Facebook group turned into the search for a kidney.
“He said he was just to the point of giving up where he couldn’t get there, emotionally, he had dialysis and it was tiring him out. He couldn’t function anymore,” said Cronce.
Dan Vitanza was injured in a car accident. He now faces kidney failure and weekly dialysis treatments keep him alive.
“I said don’t give up,” said Cronce.
That’s when Cronce asked professors, students and the media for help.
So far she’s found two possible matches.
"Binghamton is full of love and there are lots of people who care,” said Cronce.
When it comes to organ donation, the match has to be exact.
And Cronce says they’re still reaching out to folks.
“If we can find more people interested in helping that’d be great. Dan is B-,” said Cronce.
Her daughter, Rain Cronce, added, “He’s really nice, he’s got a good sense of humor. He needs somebody to help him.”
The family says if you’re in a similar boat, don’t give up, because there’s always people willing to help.
“Anyone can help. It doesn’t take an education, it doesn’t take money, anyone can help all you have to do is care,” said Cronce.
To make a huge difference in someone’s life.
If you think you may be a match contact Dani Cronce: firstname.lastname@example.org