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Community rallies around teen who needs a heart transplant

Alex Reyes is overwhelmed by the support offered by his community after learning he needs a heart transplant. Source: WBRC video Alex Reyes is overwhelmed by the support offered by his community after learning he needs a heart transplant. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

One community is trying to help a young man facing serious health issues.

Holy Spirit Catholic School is spearheading the effort to raise money for the heart transplant 19-year-old Adrian Reyes needs.

Reyes has already suffered a heart attack and been diagnosed with Lupus. He has a disease that causes his limbs and organs to grow more than normal. Now doctors say he needs a new heart.

Reyes tells FOX6 News that he's overwhelmed that friends and some students he doesn't know are rallying behind him. Tuesday, they held a "Red for Reyes" day. Kids wore red and raised about $1,000 for medical expenses.

Catholic Services of West Alabama is also trying to help Reyes, who needs $300,00 to nearly $1 million for the transplant.

Reyes says that he's not afraid of dying despite the bleak outlook.

"I'm that worried cause everything happens for a reason. Doctors said I was a miracle. I don't see myself as a miracle. I see myself as another person. But I do believe in miracles. If this is something to show people my character because I want to emphasize, I want people to help other people," Reyes said.

If you would like to help Reyes, call Catholic Social Services of West Alabama at 205-275-1268.

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