This weekend marks the end of National Kidney Month, and that has one Western Massachusetts family making sure it is in the spotlight.
James Egan and his wife were near the entrance to the Big E on Saturday, raising awareness for kidney donations.
Egan, who was a Northampton firefighter for nearly two decades, is in need of a kidney transplant himself.
He said there is always a need in the donation process.
"The sooner the better," Egan stated. "Thousands of people die every year waiting for a transplant. They had to remove one of my kidneys a few weeks ago, which makes it even more rare, because the kidney does so many functions in your body. So the sooner the better."
Anyone interested in being tested to help Egan can reach out to Mass General Hospital in Boston at 617-724-8633.
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