A man from Brooklyn, New York, is desperate to find his wife a kidney donor, and "wears" a sign to ask for help."
The man was spotted by a CNN editor, who was shopping on a Friday afternoon when she saw the man at the counter, wearing a sign on his back that read:
"In need of a kidney for my wife. B+. [contact number]"
The man left the editor could get further details. Even though she refrains from posting pictures without someone's permission, she shared the photo on Twitter.
The reporter explained that the man's face wasn't revealed in the photos and that she wanted to share his important message with the world.
She wrote in the caption: "Here is a photo I took at my Target yesterday and can't stop thinking about."
Sine Lilit Marcus's post went viral after several Hollywood A-listers shared it, the man had been identified as Raymond Thompson.
It was established that Thompson lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Mylen. They have a 4-year-old daughter, and Thompson doesn't have a social media presence.
However, he realized something must have happened when he began receiving photo calls from all over the world, some people even offering to donate a kidney.
By the time Marcus called Thompson, he already knew about the viral because his friends had shown him the tweet.
His wife was diagnosed with kidney disease two years ago, and neither Thompson or any of their friends are a match.
Even though strangers have offered financial assistance, Thompson insists that they have enough money. They just need a viable kidney.
Thompson will be reaching out to all those who offered in January. He thanked everyone who helped share their message and urges people to become organ donors.
"There are so many people that actually need organs, especially kidneys. You have two and can live a healthy life with just one. Just sign up."
As for Marcus, she learned that Thompson is one of her neighbors and said they have plans to go for coffee after the holidays.
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