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Desperate 26-Year-Old Will Trade Ultra-Rare Yeezy Boost Sneakers for a Healthy Kidney

Desperate 26-Year-Old Will Trade Ultra-Rare Yeezy Boost Sneakers for a Healthy Kidney

A sneaker collector is looking for a working kidney in exchange for a pair of Adidas x Kanye West Yeezy Boost 350 sneakers.

August 28, 2015
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A sneaker collector is looking for a working kidney in exchange for a pair of Adidas x Kanye West .
Matt Neal, a 26-year-old who lives in Michigan, has two failing kidneys and has been on dialysis for two years. He posted the above photo on Facebook with the caption:
“People are always joking that they would give a kidney for a pair of yeezy’s!! Well here’s your chance, I’m 26 with 2 failing kidneys. Blood type: B+.”
For Neal, he’s seeing whether the price of a kidney is the same as the price for the most sought-out sneaker in the world. He’s doing so to show that trading kidneys is not a joke. As he put it:
“People in the sneaker community always say they’ll trade a pair of yeezy’s and I was making this post to show people it’s more serious than that.”
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Neal noted that those seeking those seeking kidneys for transplant in Michigan have a five- to seven-year wait list time.
The Ann Arbor resident also added that he was looking for one working kidney from a “true sneaker head” with size 10 feet.
The $200 limited edition Adidas x Kanye West Yeezy Boost 350 sneakers might not be worth the exchange, but it’s definitely been a hit since its release last weekend. After the sneakers were made available for sale early Saturday morning at approximately 11:25 a.m. EST, the official Twitter account for Adidas posted that the sneakers were sold out online in the U.S.  
Every time West releases a sneaker collaboration, the shoes sell out quickly and then pop up on Ebay for thousands of dollars. This time, the cost of the shoes on Ebay are in the $1,400 range, although some are selling for over $4,000.
Of course, it’s illegal to buy a kidney, but trading might be the ultimate legal loophole.
The news of Neal’s offer has, of course, gone viral. Neal reported on Facebook:
“I’ve been in tears twice now because all the love and support that I’m getting from random strangers!!”
Messages to Neal have some offering their kidneys without any sort of exchange or monetary value — that’s the power of social media.
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      Augustine Reyes Chan is a contributor at NextShark

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