Two Phoenix women using Craigslist to save their lives

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Thousands of people are waiting for a kidney donor across the country.

More than 1,500 people are waiting right here in Arizona.

Genna Camacho, 42, is one of them.

“Just because we've been going through this for the past six months, I have to be kind of careful,” said Camacho.

Last year Camacho was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease.

"I only had 15 percent kidney function left and dialysis was just around the corner for me,” said Camacho.

The mother of two needs a donor, fast.

“It’s horrible. I have an overwhelming guilt because I can't give it to her,” said Camacho’s sister, Rachel Muralles.

Muralles wants to give her sister her kidney, but it won't work because Camacho's disease is hereditary.

Their father and brother also have Polycystic Kidney Disease.

“That was the hardest thing for me to sit there and not be able to give her my kidney,” said Muralles.

Also battling Kidney failure is Holly Aranowski, 29.

Aranowski is receiving dialysis.

“They take 14-gage needles and they stick them in your arm and it goes for three and a half hours,” described Aranowski.

Life is not easy.

“One day you feel very good, the next day you feel very exhausted,” Aranowski said.

She's been waiting three years for an organ donor, without luck.

It could take 10 years, that's why her boyfriend put an ad on craigslist looking for a match.

“There is this one lady completely ready to do it,” said Aranowski.

The organ donor is working with Aranowski's doctors.

The couple isn’t the only one with the unique idea.

Muralles also posted an ad reading 'Single mother of 2 health is declining' on Craigslist.

“She had all these ideas. She was going on Facebook, making flyers, an advocate for me,” said Camacho.

The Craigslist ad worked.

A woman e-mailed Muralles and she is a match.

Camacho will meet her donor on Sunday.

"This is the person I've been praying for, for months now. I'm excited," remarked Camacho.

Even though both women have interested donors, they still want to hear from possible matches.

You can learn more about Camacho’s story here:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Desperate-for-Kidney-Donor-for-Sick-Sister/160889290693556

To learn more about Aranowski’s story visit: 

http://www.facebook.com/holly.aranowski?ref=ts or call her at (623) 329-2035