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Louisville restaurant forms new group to help people find new kidneys

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- According to the National Kidney Foundation more than 100,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for a donor. Now, a new group in Louisville is using a different approach to help people find a match.

"The name of this restaurant is Mulligan's. A mulligan is a second chance," said Leigh Ann Saylor.

It's a second chance for the old Kaelin's on Newburg Road, the so-called "birthplace" of the cheeseburger. But to Leigh Ann Saylor, that name takes on a whole new meaning.

"We call what Tim gave Mike, he gave him the 'ultimate mulligan,' and the ultimate second chance at life."

Saylor is talking about Tim Clark, the owner of Mulligan's -- and the man who donated one of his kidneys to her husband, Mike.

"I still can't talk about it without getting goose bumps," Saylor said. "It’s life-changing when somebody you know comes out from your past and just says, 'sure I'll do it, I'll give you a kidney.'"

That selflessness doesn't stop there. The pub and grille known for burgers and beer now has a new mission: giving the gift of life. Helping others like 29-year-old Austin Bryan, find a donor.

"I was diagnosed in 2013," said Bryan.

His kidneys are failing because of autoimmune disease. He spends more than 70 hours a week on dialysis and is currently on two waiting lists for a transplant.

"If I don't find a living donor soon I'll be on a third, I'll probably go to Indianapolis or Memphis," said Bryan.

His kidneys only function at six percent, which is why his parents have posted a sign inside Mulligan’s asking for help. Austin says most people don't even think about donating.

"They're very scared to do it," Bryan said. "I've been there, it's terrifying. But until you start talking to other patients, then you realize it's a much better alternative to dialysis."

After six tries, Austin may be close to a match. But now others are posting similar signs and they've also formed the Mulligan's Kidney Group.

"No, I had no idea it would've started something like that and what a great deal that is," said Tim Clark.

The group is now giving others a mulligan -- and a second chance at life.

"It's an honor and privilege, and if somebody feels they can be a donor for somebody and save a life, I would strongly recommend it," said Clark.

The Mulligan's Kidney Group plans to meet once a month.

If you'd like to get involved, you can click here to contact them on Facebook.

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