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New Haven church helps state Sen. Looney get kidney transplant

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A community is coming together to help a prominent Connecticut lawmaker.

The Church of St. Rose of Lima reached out to its parishioners to help state Sen. Martin Looney get a kidney transplant.

The senate president said he could not be more grateful about the show of support.  

Looney has been a state senator since 1992. He became president of the senate last year.

Looney struggled with health issues most of his life. He has a debilitating form of arthritis, but that has never stopped him. However, Looney is dealing with something more serious-- kidney failure.

Looney only has one kidney and if that fails, he will have to go on dialysis.

"I hope we find donor to help Mr. Looney to achieve his battle and continue living and helping his community,” Cecelia Shea, secretary at the Church of St. Rose of Lima in New Haven, said.

The Church of St. Rose of Lima is a large congregation of more than 1,000 members, mostly Hispanic. Shea was asked by Reverend James Manship to reach out to help Looney, who lives in New Haven.

The church will send out a newsletter to parishioners on Sunday. They've also reached out on Facebook to see if someone would be willing to donate a kidney.

“He is supporting of the Catholic schools and the community here," said Gisella Silva, of New Haven.

Looney released a statement on Wednesday that said “I truly appreciate that St. Rose of Lima Church and St. Bernadette’s Church are getting the word out about my need for a kidney transplant. I am touched by the thoughts, prayers and well wishes I have received from parishioners and Connecticut residents." 

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