Driving on the interstate around Milwaukee, you may have seen billboards with a picture of a young family, a green ribbon, and the words “Save Nicole’s Life.”

The Nicole on the billboards is Nicole Santiago, a working mom who suffers from polycystic kidney disease (PKD). By July 2018, Nicole’s kidney function had declined to the point that her doctors felt that she needed to be placed on the waiting list for a kidney transplant.

The average time on the waiting list for a kidney transplant is five years, but for Nicole that wait time could be even longer since she has type O blood. When none of Nicole’s family or friends were able to donate a kidney to save her life, her family decided to start a campaign to find an altruistic donor willing to donate a kidney either directly to Nicole or through a paired donation (which matches one incompatible donor-recipient pair to another pair in the same situation, allowing for a transplant swap).

While Nicole is still waiting for her match, people have seen the billboards and volunteered to be tested to see if they can donate a kidney. “I’ve been amazed that so many people have reached out and want to help,” says Nicole.

Learn more about Nicole’s story and living kidney donation → KidneyForNicoleS.org