After dealing with chronic kidney issues for years, the family matriarch of El Paso's famous L&J Cafe is searching for a kidney donor.

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Due to her kidney failure diagnosis, the Duran family is making a public plea to help find a living kidney donor match for their matriarch.

Referred to as the old place by the graveyard, L&J Cafe has been serving El Paso since 1927. Nestled on the corner of Missouri Ave and N. Stevens, L&J Cafe offers some of the best Mexican food and is known as a celebrity hot spot attracting everyone from Clark Gable to Martha Stewart.

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The family-owned restaurant has been a longtime staple in the Sun City, and now Frances Duran, the family's matriarch, is seeking a kidney donor after suffering from chronic kidney issues resulting in kidney failure.

Now her daughter, Vanessa Duran, has taken to social media to plea for a living donor match to help her ailing mother.

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Vanessa shared that her mother's kidney failure now requires her to undergo peritoneal dialysis daily. She says, "We are currently seeking a living kidney donor to prolong her quality of life. My mom is the most compassionate and caring woman I know, and we know someone out there is a match for her."

Mrs. Duran is not only co-owner of L&J Cafe but, more importantly, is a mother of five children and a grandmother to four grandchildren.

According to Donate Life America, there are currently 90,000 people on the national transplant waiting list, with an average wait time of 3 to 5 years for a kidney from a deceased donor.

The Duran family asks that anyone interested in becoming a living donor visit UTCLivingDonor.com to see if they are a match. Living donors must be at least 18 years of age and in good physical health.

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As you can imagine, the Duran family hopes that by spreading the word, they will find a miracle match and will be forever grateful for giving Mrs. Duran the gift of life.

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