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Billy McCollough enlisted in the US Navy in 1980 after finishing his junior year at Johnson C Smith University studying psychology. He served in a mess management unit as a culinary specialist on the USS Sumter, an amphibious ship, and the USS Saipan, an amphibious assault ship. He enjoyed his two years in the Navy and all the traveling and sights he was able to see.

After leaving the military, Billy finished his bachelor’s degree in psychology and went to work for the Presbyterian Hospital as a psychiatric technician before getting into law enforcement as a detention officer for the state of South Carolina. He moved to North Carolina and was employed by the NC Department of Juvenile Services as a residential counselor, working with troubled youth. Billy also received an associate degree in culinary arts in 2010, before his retirement in 2011. Later he received a graduate certificate in Mental Health Studies in 2021. He is currently finishing up his classes for his master’s degree in psychology.

Billy and his wife Beryl were married in March 2023 and just celebrated their first anniversary! He has a 25-year-old son and a yellow lab named Bootsy. Billy loves to express his creativity through his abstract and expressionist artwork using acrylic paints and oil crayons; he also loves writing poetry and is a published author. In 2020, he was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), which causes scarring of the kidneys and a decline in their function; he has been reliant on dialysis since 2021. Billy looks forward to the day when he will receive a transplant, be healthy again, and share his creative gifts with the world. Will you help him by sharing his story and/or by considering becoming a kidney donor?

Billy has enlisted the help of a Veteran's organization called DOVE Transplant which is helping in his outreach to find his life-saving kidney donor. DOVE will assist all prospective donors throughout the process and make sure they do not incur any out-of-pocket expenses related to the evaluation or surgery.

A healthy person can live a normal life with one kidney and save this Veteran's life! Please click on the link below if you would like to learn more OR call (551) 233-1611.

Billy McCollough

Navy Veteran

Interested in Becoming a DOVE Donor?
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