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October 10, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

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ATLANTA, Ga. -- When we first brought you the story of a police officer in need of a kidney, no one knew just how big this story would get.

After the image of Raleigh Callaway's daughter's went viral, he had a stranger step up to save his life.

Now his friends and family want to do the same thing for others in need.

"People don't always read everything... but they will have an emotional connection with a picture," said Brandy Angel, the photographer who first took the picture.

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It was that connection that convinced a complete stranger in Texas to donate his kidney to Raleigh Callaway.

And after it worked, photorapher Brandy Angel, and Raleigh's wife Kristi knew they could do more.

"Kristi and I just thought, we can't walk away from all these people and not help them. Because obviously the formula we used worked," said Angel.

So they set up Callaway's Angels, a non profit that will showcase the story of a different person in need of a kidney every week.

"People want to help. They want to give to other people. And once they have the information and the education," she said.

This week, it's a 26 year old with only a 1% chance of a successful transplant.

Finding him a match will be difficult, maybe impossible, but they're not walking away.

"It's not where I thought my life would go, but I'm definitely excited about it," said Angel.

Check out their nonprofit here.


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