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Campaign Underway To Find New Kidney For Ventura County Woman

Jill and Ed Abele. Jill Abele needs a life saving kidney transplant, and a search is underway to find a donor.

A Ventura County woman is hoping to find a community campaign will lead to a life-saving kidney transplant.

Jill Abele of Simi Valley needs the transplant. 

Someone who knows firsthand about kidney transplants his helping to lead the "Team Jill" campaign.  In 2016, Simi Valley restaurant owner Tony Falato needed a kidney.  Fellow Rotarian Rocky Rhodes donated one of his kidneys. 

Falato is helping to spearhead this new campaign, which includes eveything from a Facebook drive to a kidney phone hotline.  
You can find more information about the "Team Jill" effort at

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.