People raising money to transplant living teenagers in the Charlotte area

People raising money to transplant living teenagers in the Charlotte area

“Selfishly I hate it, he’s supposed to be going to college and playing ball,” Peterson’s mother Wendy Douglas said. Peterson was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and was told that he would need a liver transplant soon.  Douglas is trying to help her son. It’s not always easy, but they’re finding their way. 

Peterson is strong, his strength displayed on the court, but lately his strength is being tested in ways he never imagined. “You never know what somebody’s going through,” Peterson said. 

“I didn’t really know I was sick, I was just tired,” Peterson said.  Staphon Peterson is 18 years old and recently graduated Cramerton Christian Academy. He had plans to play college basketball, but now that’s on hold. 

A liver transplant isn’t cheap and now the community is rallying together to raise money to save Peterson’s life, a life where he wants to play basketball.  “I haven’t played in two months, it’s terrible, I hate it,” Peterson said.  “I’m actually getting a transplant in about a week September 20th so, I’m excited, I’m nervous, all the emotions you could possibly think of,” Peterson said. 

The transplant team at Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham has found a match for Peterson, his father. “The fact that I feel like he doesn’t deserve it, of course if I could take it I would. The other piece is I know he’s going to be greater on the other side,” Douglas said.

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