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Act of kindness saves a life

Not only did Bristol get a kidney from Scorsone, but he also got a friend.

"I talk to him on the phone quite a bit and text him quite a bit and see him in Romas once a week when I go in there," said Bristol.

Scorsone said that he feels great and that he never faced any side effects.

"You'd never know it was gone, and it helps change someone else's life in such a major way," said Scorsone.

At Sunday's kidney walk, more than $150,000 was raised to help fund kidney research, patient and family services and public health education for more than 1.2 million individuals suffering from kidney disease in Northeast New York, including dialysis patients, kidney transplant recipients and donors, and their families.

Chronic kidney disease affects one out of every nine adults, with 26 million Americans suffering and 20 million more at risk. There are 500,000 dialysis patients nationwide, and more than 75,000 patients waiting for a kidney transplant.

For more information about services and programs offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Northeast New York, visit www.nkfneny.org or call 533-7880.

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