HE HELPED his son when his kidneys failed and he desperately needed a transplant.
Now Adi Fuller is set to help others in his son’s position by raising money for a leading charity that carries out research into the disease.
The 52-year-old, who donated a kidney to his son Freddie, pictured, in 2009, will tomorrow run the London Marathon in aid of the South West Thames Kidney Fund.
Adi, from Southsea, said: ‘I’ve seen the effect kidney disease can have on a person and how you can live without knowing you’ve got it. So I want to help fund research into it that will find a way to detect it earlier.’
Freddie, who lives in Surrey, was unaware he had a problem with his kidneys, but they gradually began to fail.
When he was diagnosed it was clear that without a transplant he was destined to spend his life on dialysis.
It was then his father was found to be a perfect donor match.
Adi said: ‘It was a shock finding out he had a problem. Then it was a case of finding a match.
‘When they said I was, there was no question – of course I was going to do it. They gave me ample opportunity to opt out but he’s my son. I brought him into this world and I want to keep him in it.
‘The actual transplant was an emotional thing. You’re a bit worried, but I had a good recovery and so did Freddie.’
On the marathon, he added: ‘It will be tough, but I’ll do it. Even with one kidney, I can do it.’
The transplant helped transform Freddie’s life.
Now the 28-year-old has a clean bill of health thanks to his father.
He said: ‘It’s amazing what my dad did for me.
‘When we had the operations, I was more nervous for him than me. As soon as I came round I asked if my dad was OK.
‘For me the transplant was like the start of a new life.
‘My dad’s doing fine too. I think it’s great he’s doing the marathon.’
Adi has so far raised £710. He hopes to raise £1,250.
To sponsor him go to justgiving.com/Adrian-Fuller0.