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Survivor needs a healthy kidney

MAYER ­ When Jeannie Ong met Maxine Timms, she knew the woman was a survivor.

And now Ong, a Mayer resident, wants to find someone who can help Timms, a 61-year-old Tempe resident, survive, because she can't do it on her own.

Timms has had diabetes for years and her kidneys have failed. She takes dialysis four times each day, and needs someone to donate a healthy kidney.

The donor must have O type blood, positive or negative, and must be younger than 60 years of age. Ong planned to donate, but is past the age limit. Timms' children wanted to donate but weren't matches.

"She's a good person, a good mother and a good grandmother," Ong said of Timms. "She shows everybody around her love."

"All we need is one," Ong said. "She goes out of her way to help others, and now she needs help from someone."

The two met about 15 years ago, when Ong was doing nails at a nail shop in Phoenix. Timms was one of her customers. Ong bought some property in the Phoenix area and Timms bought neighboring property.

"She was a single mom, selling cars," Ong said. "She was a survivor and I admired that."

By phone from her Tempe home, Timms said she's been on the waiting list for a kidney for the past nine months but doctors told her she'd probably have to wait five or six years.

"If I could donate a kidney, I would, to save a life," she said. "I would in a second."

She plans on donating her healthy organs when she dies.

Donating an organ, Timms said, probably would make someone feel good, knowing they'd saved a life.

"It makes them realize what life is all about," she said.

Her doctors have told her that people can live very well with just one kidney, Timms said, even though people are born with two.

"I just need one kidney," she said.

Ong said she wants to do something to help Timms, who she said is a good, Christian woman.

"It's my selfishness," she said. "I don't want to lose her. I don't want to see her die."

Although she said she knows some people will want to save their organs for a time when a family member needs them, she said that hopefully someone will want to help her dear friend.

"Sometimes a little ripple in the ocean can spread," she said.

Anyone who is interested in helping Timms may contact her son, Ernest Moore, at 480-460-3361.

Contact the reporter at heller@prescottaz.com

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