Volume 51, Number 30

eighteen pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, July 24, 2014

Benefit set to help family with kidney transplant

By: Amanda Hill Bond
A benefit auction for Randy
Collins and Lisa Collins Flowers
will be Thursday, July 25,
6 p.m. at the Byrdstown Community
Center. Randy is having
a kidney transplant and is
receiving it from his daughter
Lisa.
Randy was diagnosed with
Type 1 diabetes at an early
age and had a kidney transplant
17 years ago due to complications
from diabetes.
Since the transplant, he was
scheduled for kidney function
check-ups every two months.
A few years ago, doctors informed
him that there was a
deterioration in the kidneys.
Last September Randy had a
kidney removed which had a
non-cancerous mass. The kidney
he has left is only functioning
at 10 percent and
doctors are amazed that he
isn't already on dialysis. Even
though Randy admits he doesn't
feel as good as he should,
he is grateful that he isn't on
dialysis and says he knows
the Lord is going to take care
of him.
Back before doctors found
the mass on his kidney, his
oldest daughter Lisa decided
that she would go get tested to
see if she would be a match if
he needed another transplant
in the future. After a series of
many blood tests and cat
scans, she learned that she
was a match. "He is my dad
and I will do anything to
make him better," stated Lisa
to the PRESS.
According to Lisa, her dad
was a little reluctant about
her giving a kidney especially
that she was a single mother
of three children ages ten,
seven and four. After some
time, Randy finally accepted
the idea that his daughter
wanted to give him such a
wonderful gift which would
keep him from being on dialysis
or having to wait for another
cadaver kidney.
The surgery was scheduled
for June but during routine
tests, doctors found that
Randy had a blockage in his
heart and immediately performed
surgery to stint the artery.
Currently the transplant
surgery is scheduled for July
30th at Vanderbilt Medical
Center.
The benefit is mostly to
help Lisa, who will be out of
work for four to six weeks, so
that she can still make ends
meet while recovering. The
benefit will include a cake
walk, auction and concessions.
Tickets will be sold for
a chance to win a quilt, ham,
chair and a 22 rifle. There will
be entertainment featuring
country and gospel music.
If you would like to donate
items or want to offer any
other assistance please contact
one of the following: Russell
and Katie Graham
864-8207, Janet Poore 864-
6450, Betsy Collins 864-3103.

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