LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shawn Gaither has spent six years helping others, but now, he needs some help himself.

Gaither is the Nelson County's E-911 director and has spent six years as a dispatcher. Now, the double amputee is experiencing stage four kidney failure as a result of diabetes.

He and his family have put up banners reading "kidney hero needed!" across Bardstown and shared his story on social media. 

Until a match is found, Gaither said he'll keep working.

"I still love going to work, getting out and going shopping, going to the movies, cooking," Gaither said. "I still do everything I love to do because I know life doesn't end unless you sit around and dwell on the negative things that happen to you over time."

Shawn Gaither's blood type is AB+, which allows him to receive blood of any type. If you are interested in finding out if you might be a match, contact the UK Transplant Center at (859) 323-2467 and mention Shawn Gaither as the possible recipient. You can also email the Gaither family for more information at kidney4shawn@yahoo.com.

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