Emily De Vito
Created: April 16, 2021 02:19 PM
More than 9,000 New Yorkers are currently awaiting an organ transplant. Friday, April 16 is "Blue and Green Day," a day meant to raise awareness about organ donation.
For one family in Greene County, they're raising awareness to help save someone they love.
Ralph Mariani has worked for several law enforcement agencies for the past 25 years, including the Coxsackie Police Department and the Albany County Sheriff's Office.
Since Ralph is a private person, his wife and son are speaking out on his behalf. It was last year Ralph had stomach pains, was losing weight and wasn't eating. His doctors wanted him to get a liver biopsy. However, the pandemic put it off.
When he was finally tested, the results were end stage liver disease. Ralph would need a transplant.
It was something difficult for the family to swallow.
Him and his wife Tara just got married in 2019, and bought a new house and car as they blended their families.
Ralph is now on the New York state transplant list.
His wife started a GoFundMe to not only raise money for the many expenses they now have, but also to see if anyone would get tested to be a living donor. Tara was not a match.
While they eagerly wait for the heart of their family to get back to his old self, the family says this experience has been eye-opening.
Hear more about why they say it was so important to tell their story by watching the video of Emily De Vito's report.
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