BURLINGTON, N.C. -- A well-known local baseball coach is now sharing his story about his family's private struggle. Craig Edwards is the father of three young children and is the coach of the Elon Lil Phoenix baseball team.
"I have advanced liver disease. Doctors say they don't know why. They've done so many tests. I made the choice long ago that when I had kids, I wouldn't drink or smoke, so no one knows why," said Edwards.
Doctors told Edwards he needed a liver transplant within a year, but now that window is getting smaller because of complications from his liver disease. A blood clot from his liver made him increasingly sick over the Christmas holidays.
"If it continues to grow, I will no longer be eligible for a transplant, then it's just a matter of time," he said.
"He is just a wonderful person, he makes me want to be a better person," said his wife, Bethany. "The main thing people can do is pray, for our kids' peace and to know that everything will be okay. Also sign up to be an organ donor."
Edwards is one of more than 2,300 people in North Carolina waiting for an organ transplant right now. 237 people are waiting for a liver.