Cojo and his friend Abby

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Cojo was very lucky because his best friend, Abby, offered him her kidney, and she miraculously was the perfect match. In fact, she was the first person Cojo told about his need for a kidney transplant.

"I sat her down and said 'I have some really bad news,'" Cojo remembers. "The first thing, within 4.3 seconds, she said, 'I would give you a kidney in a second.' And she also said the most beautiful thing I could ever hear in my life: 'We'll get through this.' And when I heard that, I knew I was going to be okay. Honestly, I knew that I had support. She helped me through every big decision—telling my parents, telling work. She was my strength; she was my absolute rock."