ATLANTA - Efforts are underway to help an Atlanta man stay alive. Harry Ross, 70, is looking for a kidney donor. Ross is visiting more than 20 churches across the city to share his message.
"It's kind of emotional to think that these churches are opening their doors for me," Harry Ross said.
Ross made a desperate plea in front of the entire congregation at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church on Sunday.
"I am in desperate need of a kidney to survive," Ross said.
In 2011, Ross was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Doctors removed his right kidney to prevent cancer from spreading. Six years later, Ross said, his left kidney is no longer functioning as it should.
Ross is on the National Kidney Registry, but instead of sitting back and waiting, Ross is being proactive by visiting churches to share his message.
"I don't intend to sit idle and do nothing," Ross said.
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Pastor Timothy Fleming, Sr., was the first to open up his church for Ross.
"The news has to get out and there's no better way than to come to a church and share your story with the people," Fleming said. "We are here to give him hope. It's not over until it's over."
Ross said he is confident someone will donate a kidney, but vows to continue the fight to help others in need.
"As a result, I want to dedicate my life to helping others find live donors," Ross said.