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Nate Robinson’s Life on Hold: Urgent Need for Kidney Donation

Nate Robinson and his dramatic wait for a transplant: "I would hate for someone to donate a kidney to me and die."

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Nate Robinson, the three-time NBA Dunk Contest champion and former professional basketball player, has been dealing with kidney issues and is desperately seeking a transplant. The 40-year-old, who retired from professional basketball in 2016, recently sat down with Men’s Health while undergoing dialysis treatment in Seattle.

Despite his tough situation, Nate remains hopeful and determined to live a long, healthy life. “I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t stay healthy,” he said. “I want to be alive for the next 40 years, be a grandfather, see my kids’ kids… I have to fight for it.”

Nate’s kidney problems started in 2006, when he was diagnosed with kidney damage caused by his high blood pressure. He’s been dealing with it privately for four years, but recently revealed his struggles in a bid to raise awareness about kidney disease.

The “dunker” star, known for his explosiveness on the court, said undergoing dialysis is tough. “Vomiting, cramps, difficulty breathing… it’s scary,” he explained.

Despite the challenges, Nate remains optimistic, crediting his strength to his relatives who have encouraged him to fight for his health. “I want to be a voice for those who have kidney disease, to unite and fight for a greater cause: our health,” he said.

Nate’s NBA career spanned several teams, including the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, and Denver Nuggets.

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