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Pat McReynolds kicks up his heels on DWS-Arizona for a worthy cause

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Somehow, he said, he got roped into being a contestant on Dancing with the Stars Arizona.

For those of you who know him well, this makes absolutely no sense, said the self-deprecating CBS 5 Morning Show anchor Pat McReynolds.

But the cause couldn't be any more deserving, he said. It raises money for the Kidney Foundation, something dear to his heart.

Of course, it is a competition, and the winner is partly determined by the support he can muster, so he and the morning show crew put together a little creative tease video above, and even if it's only $1, McReynolds asks for your help and click on his Dancing With the Stars donation page.

Let McReynolds tell you firsthand about his journey to Dancing With the Stars Arizona.

"Hey, can I have your kidney?"

"That is not a question I was expecting from one of my best friends in the middle of our annual camping trip. We had already had a few beers around the campfire, and I thought he was kidding! But Eric had recently been diagnosed as a diabetic. He was suffering complications, and his doctor suggested he be prepared in the event that he need a transplant. Maybe he thought a beer or two might increase the chance of me saying yes. But in all reality, how could I say no? We've been friends for 14 years. He was the best man at my wedding. If he needed a kidney to live a long and healthy life with his wife and kids, of course I would provide one. I've got two, right?

"I'm still in the early stages in the matching process, but my limited experience with kidney disease is the main reason I decided to participate in Dancing with the Stars Arizona. Until my friend asked, I never knew how normal of a life you can lead with only one kidney. There are very few restrictions at all! If my public humiliation can somehow increase awareness for the Kidney Foundation, and spread the word that donating a kidney is not nearly the ordeal it is widely believed to be, show me the dance floor!

"Of course, there is one other problem. I have about as much experience dancing as I do donating kidneys. I may deliver the news every morning to thousands of people, but the thought of getting up and showing my moves in front of a live audience is petrifying. That's why I can use all the support I can get. Will you help me spread the word by donating to my team? Every dollar gives me a better chance of winning the competition. And if you buy a table, you can be front and center to cheer us on!

"Either way, please stop by www.azkidney.org. Maybe you will be inspired as I have, and find another way to help the cause. Wish me luck! - See more at the Pat McReynolds' donation page."

Pat McReynolds

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