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