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KETTERING, Ohio — Bilal Momin watched as one family member after another succumbed to a genetic and degenerative kidney disease. In 2006, Momin, the associate minister of Freedom-Hill Baptist Church in Dayton, thought he was next.

But, as Momin tells it, one of his flock in the congregation approached him one day and said, “God told me to give you a kidney.”

Nearly four years later, Momin said, he can’t thank Michele Gee enough for her gift. He hopes more in the black community follow her lead and donate organs.

Nationally, blacks wait two to three times longer to receive organs than whites because of the shortage of matches from donors.

Nationally, 31 percent of 107,000 awaiting donations are black.

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