COLUMBIA — For three years, Rick Greene has been patiently waiting to be put on the kidney transplant wait list and he’s still waiting.
Greene worked for a decade in Newberry with the EMS and also taught with EMS. He now lives in Columbia near Fairfield County.
“I have family from Newberry,” said Greene, adding that his mother was born in Newberry in 1928 but his grandparents decided to move. He was raised in the Columbia area, he said.
Currently, Greene is on disability leave but he is a volunteer with the Lake Murray Rescue Squad. He was just re-certified this past December, he said.
Greene first noticed something was wrong when he started feeling extra tired.
“I noticed my legs swelling and I was getting sluggish. My family doctor referred me to the kidney doctor and that’s when I found out I had kidney disease. I’m on dialysis now three times a week for four hours a day,” said Greene. who goes to Columbia Dialysis Center.
“A nurse calls me monthly,” said Greene who said there are plenty of people who have shown him support throughout the years.
One of his former students — Rachel Moore — founded his fund-raising page on Go Fund Me.
“One of my former students is heading up the fund raising page. She just took it upon herself to do this,” said Greene who is thankful for her support as well as other students who have shown support.
Greene said there have been plenty of weak days but a highlight was the discovery of a potential donor. They just have to wait to see if the person is a match.
Greene is on the wait list at Georgia Regional Hospital as well as MUSC in Charleston. He must raise $10,000 for the rejection medicine. He said that costs about $1,500 a month. The fund raising page can be found at www.gofundme.com/5plw8k.