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Tom Brady Helps Mentor, Tom Martinez, Find A Kidney Match

01/28/2012 12:42 pm ET | Updated Jun 14, 2012

Tom Brady took a break from Super Bowl training to remind fans of another feat he's determined to win, helping to find his 66-year-old mentor a kidney match.

Tom Martinez, whom Brady credits with teaching him to play football, suffers from diabetes and is in need of a lifesaving kidney transplant, ABC News reports. To help find Martinez a match, the New England Patriots quarterback turned to Matching Donors, a nonprofit that seeks out living donors to give kidneys to those in need.

"He's a great friend of mine for a very long time and taught me how to throw a football at a very young age," Brady told the news outlet. "He's been looking for a kidney for quite a while."

Since Brady started promoting Martinez's cause, 100 people have registered with Matching Donors and two matched with recipients in need.

Though doctors have given Martinez a grim prognosis, he's continuing to fight on with the same persistent attitude he imbued in Brady.

"I've been told I'm out of here, and I don't accept that," Martinez told the news outlet. "I'm going to fight to the end."

To learn more about Matching Donors, click here.

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