Local church organizes fundraiser for kidney transplant - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Local church organizes fundraiser for kidney transplant

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Great Faith Community Church in Lubbock is holding a kidney transplant surgery fundraiser for one of their members.

Lubbock resident Rosemary Gonzales was diagnosed with Wegener's Disease in the kidney in 2005. This disease causes her kidneys to fail. Gonzales goes through dialysis three times a week and takes 10 medications a day, with one of them costing $400 with insurance.

Gonzales had a kidney transplant in 2007. One of her 13 siblings was a match. However, that kidney only worked for 16 hours before her body rejected it. Gonzales has two daughters, one that is a match, and will be giving her mother a kidney if the funds are raised.

A fund has been set up at all American State Bank locations under the Gonzales Benefit Drive. Also, Great Faith Community Church will be selling brisket burrito plates for $5 each at United Supermarket on 50th and Avenue Q starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday. They will serve until they run out of food.

Also, the family will be raffling off two pairs of Texas Tech Football tickets; one set to the Tech vs. UT game and the other set to the Tech vs. OSU game. These seats are on the 30 yard line. Also, sign up for a 5 day-trip at the Riviera Hotel & Casino with 2 show tickets in Las Vegas. You can enter to win Saturday, July 31, 2010 between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at United Supermarkets, 50th and Ave. Q. The cost is $10 per chance or 6 chances for $50, you may purchase tickets until August 31, 2010. Proceeds benefit a kidney-transplant family. Contact Rebecca Gonzales, 806-549-0684 for details.

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