Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

Show­ing sup­port for Kid­ney Foun­da­tion

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Sports - BY DAR­REN MILLS SPE­CIAL TO THE AD­VER­TISER COM­MU­NITY

Bot­wood is a town where res­i­dents rally around a cause, whether it’s to sup­port the Janeway Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal or to raise money for cancer, heart and stroke, liver or kid­ney re­search.

Trina Ralph of the Kid­ney Foun­da­tion, her mother-in-law Amy Ralph, and fam­ily, friends and vol­un­teers held a fundraiser at the Bot­wood Kin Cen­tre on Sept. 23 to sup­port the Kid­ney Foun­da­tion.

The fundraiser was a pea soup sup­per with dessert, along with a mini in­door yard sale and draws for bas­kets of hair prod­ucts and Pu­rity good­ies.

Sev­eral vol­un­teers at the fundraiser are them­selves kid­ney trans­plant re­cip­i­ents from Bot­wood, in­clud­ing Carla (Vine­ham) Thomp­son, Ina (Guy) Ni­chols, Mau­rice Hart, Roger Hart and Roy Mills. Along with the re­cip­i­ents, Carla and Ina’s donors were also there vol­un­teer­ing. Carla’s mother Jean Vine­ham was her donor, and Ina’s sis­ter Daphne Par­sons was her donor.

Carla un­der­went six years of dial­y­sis. It’s been nearly 12 years since her trans­plant.

Ina had a trans­plant 25 years ago.

Mau­rice was on dial­y­sis for two years and had a trans­plant 27 years ago.

Roger had over four years of dial­y­sis and 20 years with his first trans­plant and 13 months with his sec­ond. Roy went on dial­y­sis for eight years, and its been three years and seven months since his trans­plant.

The peo­ple in­volved with the Kid­ney Foun­da­tion wish to thank ev­ery­one for the do­na­tions re­ceived over the years, and all the peo­ple tested to be donors, not only to fam­ily, but to strangers who are in need like these res­i­dents of Bot­wood.

The soup sup­per raised a to­tal of $1,240, which in­cluded a $200-do­na­tion from the Bot­wood Kins­men Club.

Take out or­ga­nizer Amy Ralph thanks ev­ery­one who do­nated and came out to make this event a great suc­cess.

DAR­REN MILLS/SPE­CIAL TO THE AD­VER­TISER

Kid­ney trans­plant donors and re­cip­i­ents en­joy­ing a pea soup take out in Bot­wood in­cluded, (front) re­cip­i­ents Ina Ni­chol and Carla Thomp­son; (back) Daphne Par­sons, Ina’s sis­ter and donor; and Jean Vine­ham, Carla’s mother and donor.

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