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Ditching the machine and finding a kidney

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Managing hook-up time remains tricky for Jones as he must make sure to get the full hours in and make it to his day job as a wireless salesman. Managing hook-up time remains tricky for Jones as he must make sure to get the full hours in and make it to his day job as a wireless salesman.
Walking around the magical theme park with his wife, Kendra, and 9-year-old daughter did not mean taking a vacation from connecting to the machine. Walking around the magical theme park with his wife, Kendra, and 9-year-old daughter did not mean taking a vacation from connecting to the machine.

(WMC-TV) - With a little more than two weeks into 2014, some Mid-Southerners may already be regressing on their New Year's resolutions.

But for some in the Mid-South, their goals for the upcoming year mean more than going to the gym or keeping a balanced checkbook. For those with plans regarding serious health resolutions or honesty revelations, it is not an option to fall back on what they promised to themselves.

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Ditching the machine and finding a kidney

Sometimes a standard checkup will give back results that doctors deem anything but ordinary. Brian Jones of Bartlett knows personally.

"I've had kidney disease for about 10 years now. In November of 2012, I went in for a routine biopsy and had some complications with the biopsy and spent a week in the hospital … It was determined at that time to start dialysis," he said.

The life-long Mid-Southerner started dialysis, which is a treatment that substitutes healthy functions for a failing kidney, immediately. It requires Jones to be hooked up on a machine for nine hours each night.

Managing hook-up time remains tricky for Jones as he must make sure to get the full hours in and make it to his day job as a wireless salesman.

A bigger challenge: taking his family to Disney World this past summer. Walking around the magical theme park with his wife, Kendra, and 9-year-old daughter did not mean taking a vacation from connecting to the machine.

"Health wise, I actually feel great," said Jones, who successfully toured Disney—completed by having a photo made of the family with a life-sized Mickey Mouse. "[Now] I am actually going through the process of getting on [the] transplant list."

Receiving a kidney transplant is Jones' goal for 2014.

After Jones passes an upcoming test his case will be presented to a review team; if approved he will be added to the national waiting list. According to the National Kidney Foundation, more than 2,000 new names are added to the waiting list for organ transplants every month.

Once put on the list, Jones could wait as little as three months and as long as five years for a donor.

Friends will hold a benefit event this April to help Jones ditch dialysis. It is taking place at Neils Bar, read more about it here.

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