Cojo "was completely shattered" when his doctor told him he was in the final stages of kidney failure. "Like the ultimate kick in the stomach. Like I lost my breath. And then I didn't want to tell anybody."
"The doctor was so blunt," Cojo says. "[There was] no foreplay…and he said, 'Your only options are dialysis, which is horrible and draining and you won't be able to work…or transplant."
Cojo was told he had about a six-month window before his kidneys would stop functioning. "I went to a specialist and he said, 'What I recommend to you from my heart is find a donor. Go to friends and family because to go on a list…' And I said 'Can I get on a list? Is there any special treatment?' I went there. I mean, it was my survival. I was, like, 'Here's the keys to a nice Range Rover. What can I do? Can I give your wife a free makeover? Can I pay you in clothes?'"