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Kidney donor, recipient will walk Peachtree Road Race together

11:42 PM, Jul 2, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- When the AJC Peachtree Road Race arrives on July 4th, a pair of one-time strangers will walk together with a purpose.

Manse Batchelder is a 74-year-old Duluth native who, several years ago, was diagnosed with third-stage chronic kidney disease. He was told he would ultimately need a new kidney to survive.

He was given one by a friend named Richard Puddy.

The pair met in a Bible study group before Batchelder faced his kidney issues. They developed a bond quickly and now meet for breakfast every week.

"My experience and my connection with him has provided so much clarity in my life," said Puddy. "The least I could do is offer him a kidney."

Puddy donated his kidney last July, roughly two weeks after the pair walked the AJC Peachtree Road Race. This year, they will walk the race together again -- with shirts declaring their kidney donation.

Check out the video above for the duo's story.

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