A Newton dialysis patient was recognized Tuesday for defying the odds.
When patients go on dialysis, they rarely live more than 10 years according to Newton Central Dialysis. One extraordinary person has more than tripled that.
Charlie Evans, Jr., was just 19 years old when he was told he needed dialysis.
Soon after, he attended Jackson State University as a computer science major. When he was 25 years old, he went on dialysis.
"You can't do things the same way you normally did it," Evans said. "You can't get out and run around with folks because you've got to deal with fluid. And you've got to deal with the foods you eat and all that kind of stuff. I've still been able to enjoy life. I've still got a job."
Evans changed his major and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in accounting. He runs his accounting business in Newton during tax season.
"You may not get out there and run a marathon, but you can get out there and make a few steps," said Evans. "It's up to you to decide whether or not you are just going to sit down and wait for death."
"I can tell you what it has impacted, and that's faith in the Lord. It has been a great boost for him," said Evans' mother, Eunice Robinson.
Now Evans is 57 and he has been in dialysis for 32 years. He was recognized Tuesday at Newton Central Dialysis for taking care of himself and being able to live out his life to the fullest, even on dialysis.
"One thing that he did that I didn't approve of, he bought him a motorcycle," said Robinson. "He hadn't been able to ride it yet because something happened to his arm, but his great passion now is to get on that motorcycle and ride it. I told him 'you don't need it'. He said, 'Mama, I've done what you wanted me to do for 56 years. I'm going to do something for myself now.''"
The staff at Central Newton Dialysis says that the number of people on dialysis is on the rise. They say conditions like diabetes are to blame. They say the best way people can avoid this is to be healthy and promote health awareness.