FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (KVOA) – After battling fires for more than 30 years, a Flagstaff hotshot is now fighting for his life.
William Kuche is the Superintendent of the T1 Flagstaff Interagency Hotshots.
As a child, Kuche was severely ill. The virus he contracted attacked his kidneys.
Kuche’s wife, Lyndsey says that despite all the hardships, her husband has always led a healthy and positive life.
Now, Kuche is battling stage 5 of Chronic Kidney Disease and is in need of a kidney transplant.
The average wait time for a deceased organ donor’s kidney is approximately 5 years. Due to the severity of his disease, the Kuche family is actively looking for a living kidney donor.
The Kuche family is also asking Arizonans to consider being tested to become a living donor. They are not only asking for Kuche but for the thousands of people waiting as well.
During his long wildfire career, Kuche has mentored and trained thousands of people to become wildland firefighters.
William and his wife Lyndsey have four children and live in Flagstaff.
He is currently undergoing treatment at Flagstaff Medical Center.
Lyndsey Kuche set up a GoFundMe account for her husband. If you would like to donate, click here.