Women seek fundraising ideas for liver transplant

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 10:35 AM.

Once a liver is available, Thompson must immediately fly back to Miami for the procedure. An air ambulance will transport her and one family member within four or five hours from receiving notice.

Helping family

Lundy has organized three fundraisers since Thompson’s diagnosis. Prior to Friday’s event, $2,000 from a prior dinner and yard sale offset medical costs along with food and gas expenses. The pair’s brother, who lives in Miami, provides lodging.

Every bit helps for someone with a fixed income.

Thompson, a former registered nurse, recently started receiving disability checks, but they pay very little, she said.

The sisters hope to escalate fundraising efforts in preparation for post-operation costs such as a required month's stay and meals at the hospital, along with surgeons’ check-ups.

"So far, we are just making enough to cover each trip," Thompson said. "We would like to do something on a bigger scale."

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