JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - Something as simple as breakfast can help change a little boy's life. "It's truly unbelievable to see a community just love on you," said father of seven-year-old Josh Adcock, Terry.
Close to 400 friends, family, and strangers made donations to help his son and his son's donor with the expensive price tag attached to a kidney transplant. "He was diagnosed a couple years ago with what they call SIOD, Schimke Immune-Osseous Displaysia. It effects the kidneys and his immune system," said Adcock.
Since May, Josh has been sleeping hooked up to a dialysis machine for nearly 11 and 1/2 hours a night. So this surgery means freedom and sleepovers with his big brother. "That's what I used to do when I was three, every night I was scared to sleep by myself," said Josh.
But both families told News 5 no matter how much money is raised, it's a gift from God. "Really the Adcocks have the biggest burden as far as the financial part. So I'm glad to see that they're not going to have to worry about that as much," said family friend and donor Jenny Galloway.
Galloway also adds in some way she's looking forward to the surgery, "I'm just so excited that he's not going to have to have all the tubes and medicines and won't have to spend so much of his day doing dialysis. He can just be a kid."
News 5 also learned Galloway volunteered her kidney after working for a short time with Josh's mother. Both families will travel to Nashville in the upcoming weeks for Josh's surgery at Vanderbilt.
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