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FOX17: Nashville fire captain's heroic journey inspires marathon run for kidney disease awareness


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — A longtime captain with the Nashville Fire Department is going above and beyond the call of duty.


Captain Tony Murrell has dedicated 19 years to serving the Nashville community, but his mission goes further than that.


Nashville fire captain's heroic journey inspires marathon run for kidney disease awareness (Photos courtesy Captain Tony Murrell)

In 2020, Murrell donated his kidney to his sister after watching her endure nightly dialysis treatments for two long years. It was a decision that changed his life and opened his eyes to those experiencing kidney failure.


Now, Captain Murrell is training to run the Chicago Marathon in the fall.

"I am thrilled to be running the Chicago Marathon and taking part in these fundraisers to support the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois," Murrell said.

To support his cause, Murrell has organized two fundraisers to benefit the National Kidney Foundation.


Nashville fire captain's heroic journey inspires marathon run for kidney disease awareness (Photos courtesy Captain Tony Murrell)

The first event is a raffle for two tickets to watch the Tennessee Titans game against the Chargers at Nissan Stadium on Sept. 17. Raffle tickets are $20 each. Murrell is also hosting a skate party at The Rivergate Skate Center on July 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15. Children ten and under can skate for $10. The raffle winner for the Titans game will be announced during this event.

"Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those battling kidney failure and promote the life-saving potential of organ donations. By raising awareness and funds, we aim to alleviate the burdens faced by patients and offer them hope for a better tomorrow."

To donate to Captain Murrell's mission or purchase raffle tickets, click here.

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