MARSHALL (WKOW) -- The Marshall community is rallying around 23-year-old Telly Dominguez as he undergoes surgery this week.
Telly found out that he had a type of bone cancer seven years ago, he tells 27 News it's been an uphill battle for his health since then. "Sometimes I just wish I was normal," he says.
He says the medications he's been taking made his kidneys fail. His mother, Armida Gomez, wanted to donate her kidney to help.
"She wanted to see if she could be the donor so they got her tested and she was a 100 % match," Telly says.
They were both recovering at UW Hospital Friday night while people from Marshall gathered to help raise money for their medical bills. "I hope this is the last thing," Telly says about this surgery. He says he was pretty shocked to hear about the 'Tailgate for Telly' fundraiser.
"It's hard to comprehend because I didn't go to school with any of those kids and the fact that they're willing to sacrifice one of their fundraisers to help me and my family out is just pretty heart warming," he says.
Organizers say their total fundraising goal is about $10,000. They've also put together a website to raise money. Click here for more information.
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