We’re not into organ harvesting here, but this story is admittedly quite touching. Matt Neal from Detroit, Michigan, is looking for someone to exchange a kidney for his pristine, Kanye West-crafted Yeezy Boosts. And while that may seem like a joke, his condition is not. He’s 26 years old with two failing kidneys due to Berger’s disease.
Given that people have been paying upwards of $17,000 for a pair on eBay, Neal obviously understands the demand for these kicks. Sneaker freaks everywhere would pay an arm and a leg for them, so why not a kidney for an ailing guy in his mid-20s with a B+ blood type?
Well, here’s the thing: it’s actually illegal to sell human organs in the United States and Canada. And Neal is very aware of this fact, as he’s addressed this very concern in a comment thread on WDYWT? (What Did You Wear Today?). But he’s been getting offers anyway.
One curious commenter asks, “Is it bad to only have one kidney?” while another asks “Sz? I gotchu.” There are certainly more well-wishers than there appear to be serious buyers, but some have written “I just messaged you, Matt!!!!” or, in one instance, “I’m literally down hny.”
And then there are the people who just want to give their kidneys, leaving comments like “It’s fine to have one kidney. If you’re serious dude hit me up, don’t even need the shoes homie.” Sweet. Misguided, but sweet.
But it’s not just sneakerheads who are into helping Neal out. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are said to have offered the ailing lad a fresh new pair of Yeezy Boosts, should he find someone willing to undergo a black market operation in exchange for cult footwear. (They didn’t say that exactly, but that’s the only way this could be done outside of a directed donation, where no money or merchandise changes hands.) If you can’t give a kidney, you can always root for him over on his Facebook page.