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Benefit planned for Carter Stevens 2012.10.10

Written by David Green.

Seneca resident Carter Stevens found out some really good news recently—a donor was matched for a badly-needed kidney transplant—but he’s still left with the down side of his predicament. That comes from paying medical costs associated with the procedure, plus follow-up care.

A benefit is planned Saturday at the Morenci American Legion to raise money for medical costs.

Carter and his wife, Joyce, moved to the Morenci area from Virginia in 1984. He experienced kidney failure in 2009 and started dialysis the next year. 

His worsening condition finally reached the point where his doctor recommended a transplant. A notice was put out about an urgent need and the Stevens’s children got the word out via Facebook.

A potential donor from Northwest Ohio made contact and testing determined she was a good match.

“We have been really, really blessed to find someone who wants to help,” Joyce said. “She and Carter have made a great connection and she said she knows she has to do this for him.”

Only continued weight loss stands between him and the transplant, and he has another 30 pounds to go. Joyce said they’re hoping for the transplant by Christmas or early January at the latest.

Medicare covers 80 percent of the transplant costs, but it doesn’t cover a medication that will be needed afterward. The cost of that is more than $2,000 a month.

Paying the cost is going to be burden, but as Joyce says, “Life is worth it.”

Benefit

The benefit for Carter Stevens is scheduled from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Legion. A donation will be taken at the door for the hog roast dinner.

Door prizes will be given away every hour and basket raffles are planned. Two 50/50 drawings are scheduled, plus a bake sale and cake walk.

Children’s activities include inflated jump houses, face painting and coloring contests. Snow cones, cotton candy and sand art will be available and activity bracelets will be sold for $5.

For more information or to make a donation, call Jackilyn Brown at 567/344-0692 or write to her at [email protected]

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