A Brother's Love: One Brother's Quest to Find A Kidney Match for His Brother

By Jasmine Brooks | jbrooks@pahomepage.com, Jayne Ann Bugda | jbugda@pahomepage.com

Published 09/02 2014 01:47PM

Updated 09/02 2014 02:25PM

A Monroe County man is in need of a kidney transplant.   Robbie Harrison and his brother, Pat are looking for community support.. .

   Robbie Harrison, Stroudsburg is trying to stay positive"I'm just trying to stay on my feet. Stay humble, positive, stay optimistic because this type of life style is not set for a 26-year-old."

  It's been a rough ride for Robbie Harrison, who is now awaiting his second kidney transplant since 2010. In December, Robbie's first kidney transplant was rejected by his body. Now, with his younger brother Pat by his side, the Harrison brothers are committed to finding a compatible kidney. Pat Harrison told Eyewitness News "He's my brother. That's basically what I tell all the doctors. They ask me why I do this. I say, he's my brother. I see everything first hand."

 Because Pat's kidney is not compatable for Robbie, Pat is donating the organ to someone else, with the hopes his brother with more easily find a new kidney.   "It increases his chance of getting a kidney faster. said Pat.

 While dealing with an overwhelming amount of stress and responsibility at home, the Harrison brothers are turning to the media for help. Eyewitness News continues to share their story....and now another media outlet is on board.
 Eric Petersen, Froggy 101 is helping spread the word"What an amazing and tragic story at the same time, but it shows the love of brothers." Morning host of Froggy 101's "wake up call with Eric and Selena" Peterson told Eyewitness News, "I think the media is the perfect place for kind of knocking on those doors. There are people out there that are glad to help or would love to help somebody in this position that would never have known about it otherwise."

The event is called "Batman needs Scranton". The name comes from Robbie's love for the heroic superhero. With his younger brother by his side each step of the way, Robbie is continues to stay positive.  The harrison family invites the public to Kildare's in Scranton this Friday Night (September 5)  from 5-7pm for a fundraising event. 

Benefit for Robbie, Next Friday
September 5,  5 to 7 PM
Kildare's Irish Pub, Scranton
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