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After Facebook donor helps family member, ECSO deputy hopes to find donor of his own

EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Law enforcement careers run in many families so there's nothing too exciting about two deputy cousins for different departments.

Lee County deputy Stewart Williamson and Effingham County deputy Ivey Williamson both have bad kidneys. Stewart, through social media, got a transplant in December and is back on the job. Now Ivey hopes he can be just as lucky.

"Out of the blue, he said ‘you're getting my kidney'”, Ivey said. ‘That's what he told Stewart."

Stewart was diagnosed with stage four chronic kidney disease, but a Facebook friend named Richard gave him the gift of life.

"The life from here on out is better than I've ever had,” Stewart said. “And I'm extremely grateful that this is able to happen and that Richard made it happen."

Ivey is in stage five chronic kidney disease, and while he continues to work, he said being a deputy and having this disease was tough on both of them.

"You're running through a drive-thru to grab something when you're leaving one call or heading to another call,” Ivey said. “You have to eat what you can eat whenever you get an opportunity, and it's not always the healthiest."

The outpouring for Ivey has been tremendous so far. Last weekend Statesboro cub scouts braved the cold, washed cars and raised cash for a deputy they'd never met.

"Even as young as they were, they understood what they were doing and they were doing it for a good cause," Ivey said.

And the money is as key as the kidney. Medications after the surgery, after insurance, cost $10,000, but even after all of that, Ivey is staying positive.

"I know my donor's out there,” he said.

Maybe even on Facebook.

To learn more about being a living donor, go here

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