Desperate Mich. mom begs for kidney on street

In this Sept. 21, 2012 photo, 10-year-old Jessica Schwerin attempts to cheer up her mother, Stacey, after an emotional testimony of what Jessica's had to go through after being diagnosed with kidney failure in Bay City, Mich. Colleen Harrison/AP,The Bay City Times

(AP) BAY CITY, Mich. - A Michigan mother desperate to find a kidney donor for her 10-year-old daughter is taking to the streets, using signs to ask passing motorists.

Stacey Schwerin says she wasn't looking for cash when she held a sign asking drivers to get tested last week along a street in Bay City, about 100 miles northwest of Detroit.

Schwerin says she just wants to help her daughter, Jessica, who was diagnosed last month with chronic kidney failure.

Jessica is on Michigan's organ donor registry. She's also facing dialysis treatments that pose significant geographic and financial challenges for her family.

Her mother tells MLiv.com that several people have offered money, but she turned them down. She just wants to find a donor.

She says she can't be a donor because of health problems.

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