Michigan youth leader to donate kidney to save 20-year-old

Posted: 8:29 AM, Nov 27, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-27 13:29:41Z

A youth leader in Michigan will donate his kidney to save a man he met through a youth ministry service program.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that 20-year-old Steven Tatreau will receive a kidney from Nate Clark in January.

Tatreau was diagnosed with Alport syndrome in 2016. The Alport Syndrome Foundation says the disease affects less than 200,000 people in the U.S. It can cause hearing loss, vision loss and kidney failure.

The nature of the disease meant Tatreau's parents couldn't donate their kidneys. Instead the family had to look to friends or other family members for a potential match.

Clark met Tatreau through Young Life Capernaum, a program meant for young people with special needs. Clark took multiple tests and eventually found out that he was a donor match.