Benefit for Canby man set Sept. 29
A benefit concert for Canbys Todd Rickard will be held Sunday, Sept. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 Borland Road, in Tualatin.
Rickard, of Canby, has been suffering from diabetes since 2000, and was diagnosed with stage-4 renal failure in 2010.
Doctors say a kidney transplant is essential to his survival. While awaiting his transplant, Rickard, 42, endures regular dialysis treatments, which take a toll on his quality of life. The average kidney transplant costs approximately $250,000. Even with health insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant itself, he still faces significant medical expenses related to the surgery.
He will need a lifetime of follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. These medications are costly, and as important to his survival as the transplant itself.
To help alleviate the financial burden, Rickard turned to the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) for assistance with some of these financial burdens. NFT is a nonprofit organization that helps patients raise funds to pay for transplant-related expenses.
Admission is $10 per person and the event will also include a silent auction.
To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Rickard, send a contribution to the NFT Oregon Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119.
Be sure to write in honor of Todd Rickard on the memo line. Secure donations also can be made online at www.transplants.orgselect Find an NFT Patient to locate Rickard.