Marcus Garcia lost his older brother Matthew to kidney disease just after Matthew’s 31st birthday.

Matthew—a talented, athletic, a role model and an all-around cool guy—was diagnosed at age 26 with Goodpasture syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder that affects the lungs and kidneys.

To honor Matthew’s memory and help other kidney patients, Marcus turned to the sport they both love for inspiration: lacrosse. He joined KIDNEYNATION, the American Kidney Fund’s community of fundraisers who are raising money to help kidney patients and spread awareness of kidney disease. He organized a youth lacrosse tournament with all proceeds going to AKF. And he set an ambitious fundraising goal: $5,000.

Marcus’ 1st Annual Kidney Classic lacrosse tournament brought together 15 teams and raised over $6,500 to fund the fight against kidney disease. Marcus is looking forward to even larger future tournaments that will raise more money and awareness of kidney disease.

"This is our chance to create a legacy and carry on my brother’s memory. In helping patients all across the country, Matt is always with us," says Marcus about his efforts.

AKF fights for families around the country, but we can’t do it without help from supporters like you. Help AKF fight kidney disease. Donate now!

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