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Southern IN native battles liver disease, raises awareness

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SCOTTSBURG, In. (WDRB) --It doesn't matter how many miles Ron Jones and his brother, Ray, are apart, their relationship is as strong as it was when they were little boys growing up in Scottsburg, Indiana.

"We text, and we skype. We talk just about everyday," Ron explained.

They would both do it, they say, even if Ray's life wasn't in danger.

"We're actually planning for the worst at this point and time. I'm trying to get life set up, and trying to get my will done," Ray told WDRB.

He talked about his condition via skype over 3 thousand miles away in Anchorage, Alaska. He took a job there not too long before he was diagnosed with stage 3 Liver Disease. A liver transplant is the 28-year-old's best option.

"I'm having complications already. I've already been to the hospital several times, and I'm in a lot of pain," he said.

Hospital bills are climbing by the second. If Ray gets his transplant, they'll soar even higher.

"It's just one of them things, you don't know if he's going to get it, or if he's going to make it, or if he's not going to make it," Ron said.

It's easy to get caught up in the what-ifs, but the Jones family isn't spending much time doing it. They've started an unprecedented social media campaign, trying their best to raise any and all money possible across a number of states.

It's all to raise awareness, money, and to make sure the old memories the two Jones brothers have, aren't the only memories left.

"I couldn't imagine my life without him. He's one of a kind," Ron said.

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