Jeremy Ioane to receive kidney from sister

Published: Mar. 26, 2015 at 8:22 PM HST|Updated: Mar. 26, 2015 at 8:33 PM HST
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NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There exists an undeniably unique bond between twins. Jeremy and Jasmine Ioane—she, older by a whole hour, share it.

"We were so close that a lot of people thought we were dating because we don't look like twins" said Jasmine.

"We don't even look related" said Jeremy, almost finishing her sentence.

The two were best friends growing up.

"When things are down, when things are going good, you've got someone there you can go to and relate to" he said.

It should come as no surprise that their lives took parallel tracks as they grew up. Both attended Punahou, both were star athletes, both went on to play Division 1 sports in college.

Jeremy was a star safety for the Boise State football team, Jasmine a softball pitcher at Weber State.

However, the summer before his sophomore year at Boise, Jeremy had something Jasmine, or anyone else, could not relate to: He was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease in both kidneys.

"At the beginning of it I thought it was nothing. I thought it was something I could get over real easily, something I could fix" he explained.

The condition was treated with medication and chemotherapy. For two seasons, Jeremy was a full time starter and All-Conference performer. However, his health deteriorated just before the start of his senior year.

"That's when I decided I had to go on dialysis. That's when I got my surgery and got the catheters placed in".

Amazingly, he made it through the season. On Senior Day, a contingent of nearly 50 family members flew to Idaho, including his recently deceased grandfather.

"Having him there, it meant a lot to me. Growing up, he was there for me every game. Since I left for college, he could only see me play on TV".

With his football career finished, he faced the next chapter: That's when Jasmine stepped in.

"They said his kidneys were going down to 2%. I already knew I wanted to give him mine" she said.

The transplant will happen May 5th in Utah. Like always, they'll go in together.

"I'm just thankful she's the one that will be able to donate her kidney. I guess I'll owe it to her the rest of my life".

Jeremy has his own health insurance, but there will be medical costs not covered. There will be a fund raiser for him on Sunday, May 3rd at Murphy's Bar and Grill from 1:00p-4:00pm. There will be food, music, drinks and a silent auction.

To purchase tickets, click HERE.

Donations are being accepted at all First Hawaiian Banks. Donations can also be mailed to:

Friends of Jeremy Ioana

P.O. Box 300333, Kaaawa, HI 96730

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