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Restaurant owner plans to donate kidney to worker

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OREM, Utah (AP) -- A sandwich shop owner plans to donate a kidney to one of his 16-year-old employees.

Marcus Gilbert, who owns two sandwich shops that are part of the Charley's Grilled Subs franchise, says he started trying to raise money for Juan Delgado after he found out the boy needed a new kidney.

Delgado suffers from end-stage renal disease, which results in kidney failure.

Gilbert and his wife had themselves tested after they found out Delgado still needed a kidney donor. Gilbert was a perfect match.

The cost of the transplant is being covered by another organization. Now Delgado's family is working to raise about $100,000 for postoperative costs.

Gilbert says the transplant could happen sometime in the next month.


Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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