Woman who gives to many is hoping to receive a kidney

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Joanne Morello, a patron and volunteer at the Historic Hemet Theatre, helps with the gift basket giveaway at a recent event. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photo
Joanne Morello spent more than 30 years volunteering for many different organizations after moving to Hemet in 1990. She increased her active involvement after retiring from a 42-year career with United Parcel Service. She said she strongly believes in supporting nonprofits in their missions and goals.Now it is Morello who needs support as she seeks a kidney donor. She suffers from chronic polycystic kidney disease, inherited from one of her parents.“In short, I have so many cysts inside and outside of my kidneys that it keeps the kidneys from functioning properly, or at all, in my case,” Morello, 73, said. “There is no cure or treatment for it except long-term dialysis or a transplant of a new kidney.”She said her problems started fairly recently. About seven years ago
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