Signs are a good way to attract attention. A pair of signs in the Valley are advertising for a life-saving body part.

The signs are in Boardman and Poland, and read, “Please call to donate a much-needed kidney.”

One sign is on US-224 in Poland, and the other is in Boardman near Hitchcock and US-224.

Two phone numbers are listed.

Ed Mahoney has struggled with a genetic kidney disorder for seven years — Polycystic Kidney Disease, also known as PKD.

Ed’s kidneys are the size of 2-liter bottles, which is why his stomach looks fat or bloated.

He spends over 10 hours a day hooked up to a dialysis machine and is in need of a kidney. The machine filters impurities out of his body.

Ed said his kidneys serve no purpose in his body and just cause too many problems inside of his body.

“Pushing on my other organs, getting larger and larger, the cysts just keep growing. They could impose on other organs in the future,” he said. 

Ed wants relief. He wants help. A donated kidney would be the answer.

He’s on a wait list at UMPC but has been told the average time is over four years.

The sign has already gotten a response.

The signs went up about a week ago and he got a call within two days from someone ready to donate. 

“Things are happening fast, and I’m hoping for the best. I’m hoping to get a kidney soon,” he said.

A Spaghetti Dinner for Ed will be held on May 20. It will be from noon to 5 p.m. at St. Luke’s. It includes Chinese auction, silent auction and a 50-50 drawing.

If you are interested in more information on donating a kidney, you can call UPMC at 1-412-864-5475 or Ed at 330-750-0837.