20 year old Nicholas DuBose needs a kidney. After that, he needs 10,000 dollars for medication. He's had lupus since he was 15 and his kidneys stopped working two years ago. So two cousins, Donald Dalton and Lavon Stripling, have joined together, hoping to help DuBose raise the money he needs.
"I figure its the least we can do is to do what we can financially and keep everyone's mind on the need for medications he needs," said local businessman Donald Dalton.
"They've been wonderful," said Nicholas Dubose, "They stepped up to the plate when I needed them."
For two hours six days a week, DuBose is attached to a dialysis machine. It's left a pretty big scar on his skin, but it hasn't touched his spirit. That can not be touched.
"When it first happened, I said, why me," said DuBose, "But there's a purpose for it. I have to life life as it is."
So, with the help of Stripling, Dalton, the staff at Wal-Mart in Moultrie, heck, the entire city of Moultrie, money is being raised. There are signs on the back of Dalton's car. Even a car wash last week helped in the cause.
For Dalton, helping hits close to home. Because he needed a heart transplant 16 years ago. And today, he's stronger and healthier than ever.
"Anyone who will go through that as weak as they get and get up to go to work, I have a lot of respect for them."
For now, Nicholas will continue to live his life, report for work, and smile. Because if you didn't know, you'd never know. That's how much Nicholas DuBose wants to be just like everyone else.
"We're working on a real worthy cause. I assure you he'll be at full speed again."
If you would like to help DuBose raise money for medication, an account has been set up in DuBose's name at the Sun Trust branch, inside the Moultrie Wal-Mart store, where donations can be made.
For more information on how you can help, call the Moultrie Wal-Mart or Lavon Stripling at 229-985-8544.
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