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Former Neighbor A Match For Girl In Need Of Kidney

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A Torrington girl in need of a kidney transplant found her perfect match last week. It turned out to be a former neighbor!

Last year 10-year-old Samantha Hall was diagnosed with kidney disease. Her health quickly deteriorated. When her father Dan Hall found out she was in need of a transplant, he went searching for a donor.

“I went from Sharon, Conn., to Avon, to West Hartford, handing out thousands of those fliers,” he said.

From fliers to fundraising he made sure his daughter got the kidney she needed.

“I did a mass texting to everyone in my phone,” said Hall.

One of his texts went to Raymond Fracasso, who used to live next door to the family but moved in December. He filled out an application and completed the tests and found he would be a good match for Samantha.

“For me it was saving a life. It’s not every day you get asked to save someone’s life,” said Fracasso.

Fracasso said he’s excited about the journey ahead. Samantha is surprised.

“I don’t know anyone who would do a thing like that,” she said.

Dan Hall said Fracasso is now part of the family.

“I kind of look at him more like a brother, more than a friend or neighbor.”

A fundraiser is scheduled for Samantha, Saturday, March 22, at Hunter’s Chase in Litchfield. To donate an item or service to the Silent Auction contact Edite Calabrese 203-437-5355. There is also a GoFund account set up for Samantha. Click here to learn how you can contribute.

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