Manning, SC (WLTX)- A Midlands Mayor is in need of a kidney by Christmas.
Mayor Julia Nelson from Manning is suffering from polycystic kidney disease. She recently learned her condition has worsened. Although she can function now in her day-to-day activities, that will soon change if she doesn't receive a new kidney.
Nelson has devoted her life to helping others in her community, but she never thought it would be her needing the help.
"I remember first coming out of college there was a baby in our community and she needed a liver transplant," Nelson said. "I was very active in trying to raise funds for her and it's just kind of funny 30 years later here I am needing the same assistance," Nelson said.
Nelson said she was anxious when her doctor told her she needed a new kidney.
"I was nervous because I said I'm not sure I can find anyone that loves me enough to give me a kidney, but actually it's been overwhelming the outpouring of support from the community."
Since Nelson shared her story, more than a dozen people told her they would get tested to see if they could donate their kidney.
"I've had to go public," Nelson said. "I consider any health condition to be a very personal issue, but my physician convinced me that I needed to go public because I needed help. "
Nelson's doctor, Dr. Tepsiri Chong at Carolina Diabetes and Kidney Center in Sumter said finding a donor is not always easy.
This holiday season Nelson has only one gift on her list.
"This is going to be the biggest Christmas present I've ever asked for and I'm hoping in this process that I will not be the only person that's blessed," Nelson said.
If you would like to make a monetary donation to the Nelson Transplant Fund at any local NBSC bank or donations can be sent to the following:
Nelson Transplant Fund
111 West Boyce Street
Manning, SC 29102