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Brother Gives Twin Brother His Kidney

A heart warming story about brotherly love. 24 year old twin brothers are preparing for a life changing event.

Kenny Kalnins loves bowling. The 24 year old joins his mother at the family's bowling alley bright and early every morning. "Kenny has his normal jobs. Filling the machines, cleaning gutters, getting prepared for the bowling day. And he lets everybody know what his jobs are so we can keep up." said Kenny's mom.

Kenny is no stranger to hard work or hardship. Doctors diagnosed Kenny with cerebral palsy at birth. Now Kenny needs a new kidney and his twin brother wants to give him his, but so did their mom.

"I was at the police academy at the time, so that's why she wanted to step in, she didn't want me to miss my training. I didn't see any more reason for her to go through it if i was almost a match." said Matt Kalkins.

It's an attitude that carries over to his career with the Oregon Police Department.

"We're out in the community, so I do like talking with people, helping people out, so that's what i like about the job."

As Kenny's mom prepares emotionally for the procedure, she looks forward to Kenny's future. "Maybe someday owning the center. He can have it. He's a good people person and he'd have a good time here." She said.

Despite the risks, Kenny is ready and rarring to go.

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