Published January 22, 2013
BEAVERTON, Ore. – A man begging along the side of a road in Beaverton isn't asking for spare change.
Earl Martinez is holding a sign that reads, "Need Kidney Donor."
The 28-year-old told KOIN he was born with a genetic kidney disease that rules out family members as donors. He has been on dialysis for 18 months — four hours a day, three times a week.
Martinez has been waiting more than a year for a transplant.
"My insurance would cover all medical costs on my side and the donor's side," Martinez told KOIN. "The donor would have no medical costs at all."