A benefit concert will be held this Sunday to help Waxahachie resident Laura Small, who is need of a kidney transplant.
The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Pit Stop BBQ, located a 3921 S. U.S. Highway 287 in Waxahachie. The concert will feature a performance from the country band Lost Money.
Small was diagnosed with kidney disease in her 20’s, but has been able to manage it through doctors’ appointments and following their instructions. Now 44 years old, she is in need of a transplant.
“I have been fighting it for a while. Now we are getting to a point where I am going to need a different kidney. I have been very blessed and fortunate that I have been able to fight it for so long,” Small said. “My numbers have been really good. So I haven’t had to have dialysis yet. The hope is that I won’t have to anytime soon and that we can get the kidney before. I have been to my doctors’ appointments, my check-ups every year.”
Small said she and her doctors are in the process of looking for a match at this time, but have not currently found one. The proceeds from Sunday’s concert will go to help pay for medical expenses.
Tickets for the concert are $10 per person. In addition to the concert, there will be a silent auction. Some of the items include a gift certificate for a photography session, a movie gift basket from ShowBiz Cinemas, a tool gift basket and a gift basket with tickets to the Perot Museum. Guests attending the event can purchase food and drinks separately from the Pit Stop BBQ. T-shirts will also be sold at the concert.
“[The proceeds] are going toward medical bills because we have those coming out of our ears. Then also, if the kidney donor is family, then my insurance will cover the initial testing,” Small said. “If they are not blood-related, then I have to come out of pocket to cover the initial blood testing.”
Small added insurance would cover most of the expenses, but not the medications that will come at the end after the transplant.
Organizing the event is Small’s sister Veronica Benitez. Benitez said this is event is just a way to give back.
“She is going through a big financial expense. I know that her insurance covers some, but they don’t cover all. Just the medical bills all of the pre-transplant and things that she has to have done,” Benitez said. “This is just away that I can give back to her, not just me. It is a family thing.”
Benitez said if people are unable to attend the event, but still would like to make a donation, they can go to www.helphopelive.org and donate to an account that is set up for Small’s on the website.
According to the website, Help Hope Live is national nonprofit with a mission to support community-based fundraising for people with unmet medical and related expenses because of cell and organ transplants or catastrophic injuries and illnesses. After accessing the site, type Small’s name in the search box to bring up her fundraising campaign.
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