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Social media boosts kidney search for Texoma woman

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Tammy Garner, left, at a photo shoot. (KTEN) Tammy Garner, left, at a photo shoot. (KTEN)

COLLINSVILLE, Texas -- A Texoma woman is searching for a living kidney donor.

Tammy Garner of Collinsville was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease 10 years ago. About a year ago, the disease progressed and she has been moved to the donor list.

Family and friends are trying to raise awareness in order to find a match.

"This woman, who thousands of people know, has a desperate need," said family friend Amanda Sutton. "You don't always walk around with a sign saying, 'I need a kidney.' So the easiest way to raise awareness is through the Facebook page."

Garner, who owns and operates a photo studio with her husband, continues to be very active as the search for a donor continues.

"It's very humbling," she said. "I thank God every day for... for my people."

The connections Garner has made through her work have helped in her quest for a donor.

"We have around 19 schools around three to four different counties," she said. "We love working with the kids, and we've made lots of friends and lots of contacts. Actually some of the graduates from schools and teachers try to see if they're a match for me. It's pretty awesome."

Garner has had to make a few lifestyle changes to manage her disease, but said she's just going to keep on pushing. She adds that even if you can't donate a kidney to her, it's important for everyone to sign up to be an organ donor.

Visit the Tammy Garner Kidney Search Facebook page or call 940-727-9687 for more information.

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