Man Spending Hours On Dialysis Hits Up Celebs For Online Chat
A video game developer undergoing dialysis treatment while waiting for a kidney transplant asked famous people to tweet him, to which many happily complied.
Steven Alexander spends four hours a day, three days a week undergoing dialysis as he waits for a third kidney transplant, this time from his wife.
On Friday, the video game developer decided to entertain himself at one session by asking "famous people" to say "hi" to him on Twitter.
Alexander's challenge was accepted by some of the biggest names in film, TV, sports and politics, and he told 10 daily he's overwhelmed at the reaction.
"I'm not sure exactly how it went viral, but I was tickled to see all the responses," Alexander said.
"I just wanted to have a little fun and maybe raise awareness on kidney disease, dialysis and transplants."
The tweet has over 13,000 likes, 3000 retweets and hundreds of replies so far.
Notable figures sending well wishes include actress Kristen Bell, author Stephen King and politicians Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib.
They were joined by authors and writers like Ian Rankin and Chuck Wendig, pro-wrestler Lance Storm, actor Michael McKean, and Monica Lewinsky.
Veteran actress Kristen Johnston (3rd Rock From The Sun, Sex & The City) shared her personal experience with dialysis alongside her best wishes.
Alexander told 10 daily he suffers from the rare Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN), which affects the filters of the kidney.
After being diagnosed in early 2003 and undergoing dialysis for 11 months, he had his first kidney transplant -- from his father -- the end of that year.
Months later, complications arose and the transplanted kidney was damaged during surgery. Alexander prolonged the life of the kidney till January 2007, when he had to go back to the gruelling task of dialysis for four more years.
He received another donor kidney in 2011, following which Alexander married his wife Jordan and they welcomed two children: son Jack and daughter Joey.
In 2016, Alexander was diagnosed with the auto-immune condition lupus and told by doctors his transplanted kidney was destroyed and had to be replaced.
His wife is preparing to donate one of her kidneys to her husband. The couple's friends have set up a GoFundMe to support them through Alexander's continued dialysis, his wife's time off work to recuperate and their piling bills.
Alexander told 10 daily he was blown away from the "funny game" he had created on social media, to take his mind off dialysis.
"It's been very nice, the support I have gotten from everyone. I'm bowled over."
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