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Woman Loses 40 Pounds so She Can Donate Kidney to Ailing Facebook Friend

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Being fat may be harmful to a person’s own health – but being overweight doesn’t usually threaten the life of your friend as well.

Except that is the exact situation in which this 33-year-old restaurant worker found herself.

Earlier last year, Rebekah Ceidro was browsing Facebook when she saw a post by her friend and former coworker Chris Moore. Moore explained how he suffered from chronic kidney disease for his entire life. Then at 30 years old, he was told by his doctors that he would need either a kidney transplant or dialysis – or else he would die.

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Ceidro sympathized with her friend and reached out over social media to see if they were the same blood type. When they matched, Ceidro went to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to investigate the process further.

Unfortunately, doctors informed her that Ceidro’s body mass index was too high to be a donor.

“Admittedly, I was really angry that two individual surgeons would have the audacity to say such a thing, but they were right,” Ceidro told TODAY. “My actual thought was, ‘I’m too fat to save my friend’s life.’ And that sucked, but that’s at least something you can change.”

Ceidro measured in a five feet seven inches tall, and 213 pounds. In order to be Moore’s donor, she would have to lose at least 15 pounds.

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That’s when the donor-to-be really got to work.

Not long after she started exercising, Ceidro started running a 5K race every day. She then began undergoing a rigorous fitness routine complete with weight training and nutritional apps on her phone.

Then in the first week of May, Ceidro completed the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon with a running time of 3 hours and 14 minutes – and a weight that was 40 pounds lighter than when she started.

Ceidro and Moore will be going under the knife for the transplant in the coming months, which will hopefully put an end to Moore’s kidney struggles for good.

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(Photo by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)

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