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P.O.S. gets a kidney

P.O.S. (Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR)

For more than a year, Stefon Alexander, the Twin Cities rapper who performs as P.O.S., has been looking for a kidney. His musician pals, DoomTree, crowdfunded the cost, raising more than $47,000 for the procedure, well over the initial $25,000 goal. Most musicians don’t have health care.

All he needed then was a kidney.

The long search ended today. He announced in a not-suitable-for-the-workplace video on YouTube that he’ll have transplant surgery this week. He had announced during an appearance at the Minnesota State Fair last August that he had found a donor match.

The video was the same method he used to ask for help in 2012 when he began his search for a kidney and announced cancellation of a tour.

“It was kind of heartbreaking,” he told Andrea Swensson, “because I don’t ever want to cancel shows, and I don’t want to ask for help. I mean nobody wants to ask their friends for help, let alone people they don’t even know. So it was a little mixed, as far as how it felt, but having people come out as strong as they did was heartwarming and actually kind of one of the reasons I was able to get through, and am able to get through it so well, is knowing that that support is out there. It’s kind of crazy to me.”

Credit: Nate Ryan/MPR

This post originally appeared on Bob Collins’ blog NewsCut on MPR News.