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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Betty Wright clutches a picture of 48-year-old Donald McCloud - a homeless man - she and her church, Saints of God House of Worship, has helped.

Right now he's in need of serious medical attention.

"We've been riding around since Friday going into the areas where we know he might be at times," she said.

Last Wednesday, McCloud was injured when a car struck him. He was treated at Phoebe Putney Hospital, but doctors were concerned about a problem that showed up on a CAT scan. It turned McCloud had a mass on his brain that will require surgery very soon.

Since McCloud has no immediate family nearby, Wright and her husband met with his doctors.

"They were letting me and my husband know that he had a serious problem going on with him and the had needs to have surgery or he could go totally blind," she said.

Phoebe released him and the Salvation Army took him in. The Wright's were going to put him up in a hotel until his surgery. That was Thursday. He hasn't been seen since.

The Wrights, along with their pastor, were able to track down his brother in Ft. Lauderdale who will help him once he's found. They say this all part of their mission, to help those in need.

"We don't want him to feel over looked. That's why we're so interested in finding him to get him to a safe haven and to the people to give him the surgery that he needs and to see about him," said Frank Wright.

"We're doing this so if anyone has seen him or know where he's at they'll let us know because he needs surgery really bad," said Pastor Albert Lee Wright with Saints of God House of Worship.

They have a good feeling he's somewhere in Albany, possibly near the downtown area. The Wrights contacted area homeless shelters to look out for him.

They say McCloud often hangs out in the area around Pine Avenue and Jefferson Street.

If you see him call  881-5407.

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