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Woman takes out ads to find kidney donor

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKRC) -- More than 108,000 people in this country are waiting for a new kidney.
   
A person's wait can last between five and seven years.  Myrna Berstein has a hereditary kidney disease.  Her brother has it.  Her mother did and so did her uncle.  They had to go on dialysis.  Berstein said she was on the same path.

"My kidney function is deteriorating," Berstein said.
           
She hasn't started that treatment yet but she's prepared.  She was just hoping a kidney donor came along first.

"I have my suitcase packed in my car, just in case," she said.
           
Bernstein is on a donor waiting list.  She has posted signs across town and even had possible live donors tested.  But so far, there has been no match.  She said the requirements are strict.
           
"One day I was just driving along the highway and jokingly I said to myself, I should take out a bill board," Berstein said.
           
There's a bit of truth in every joke and this one became reality.  Berstein has paid for a billboard ad along Central Avenue and ads on five CDTA busses.

"It's an investment in my life.  It's an investment in my life," she explained.
           
Of course, she hopes these ads lead to a viable live donor.  But Berstein also hopes people receive a bigger message.

"Not only for myself, hopefully I will get a donor from this.  But also to make the community aware of - there is a need out there - an unspoken need," Berstein explained.

Berstein's efforts have resulted in some offers from people to be tested.
   


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