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Helping Howard: Local 12's Troubleshooter needs kidney transplant

If you follow local 12 on Facebook, you may have heard that one of our own, Howard Ain, is struggling with a disease that impacts thousands here and across the country, and now he needs a kidney donor. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - It's a problem for thousands in our community, and you could be at risk for it and not even know it.

If you follow Local 12 on Facebook, you may have heard that one of our own, Howard Ain, is struggling with a disease that impacts thousands here and across the country, and now he needs a kidney donor.

  • If you are interested in helping Howard or others searching for a kidney donor, click here or call 513-961-8105 ext. 854

Becoming a living kidney donor could help many who are waiting for an organ and perhaps help Howard too.

You likely know him as Local 12's Troubleshooter, but many of us, as well as his family and friends, know Howard Ain as a friend, dad, grandpa and, most recently, as the new boyfriend to Michelle.

Michelle may have saved his life recently when she sent him to the doctor after noticing a few things Howard admits he's now feeling.

"I do feel tired quite a bit, and I can't do a lot of the things I used to do," Howard said.

Doctors eventually found out Howard has advanced kidney disease. Many with that illness go on dialysis.

"It's going be the closest that you get to a normal functioning kidney, but then again, it's still not a cure," said DaVita Dialysis nurse Angel Poindexter.

That means Howard is in desperate need of a live kidney donor.

Howard said it was difficult to reach out and ask for help, but he is now a personal face for those who Brenita Brooks from the National Kidney Foundation says really need a voice.

"Currently there's about 25 million people in the United States with chronic kidney disease. Those people are in the pipeline for developing end-stage renal disease," she said. "Our hope is that there would be enough organs available for all patients who need it. The unfortunate part is that we lose about 4,000 people who wait for a kidney that never comes. We want kidney disease to get the attention it deserves as a huge public health issue because more people are affected by kidney disease than any other chronic disease in this country."

Which brings us back to our friend to so many:

"I talked to some people who got the kidney transplant, and they are back to normal. That's what I'm hoping, really hoping," said Howard.

Howard, more than you could ever know, our Local 12 family, and our whole community, hopes that too. Not just for you, but for so many wishing for that same back-to-normal and the ultimate gift of life.

So if you may be able to help Howard or are willing to be tested as a living donor, you can click here to learn more information.

You can also call 513-961-8105 ext. 854.

It's all through The Big Ask, The Big Give campaign at the National Kidney Foundation.

It is completely anonymous, and if you are a match, you can find out, but you are not required to act on it. The other person never knows their donor unless the donor wants them to know them.

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