Events set to help man get kidney transplant

Feb 17 2011 - 11:30pm

SYRACUSE -- A man in need of a kidney transplant is the focus of a handful of upcoming fundraisers.

Organizer Vallaree Rudd, a family friend from Roy, said her goal is to raise the funds needed for the family to support itself while Jason Hill recovers from an as yet unscheduled transplant.

Rudd said her initial goal was to raise $8,000 to sustain the family for three to four months during Hill's recovery. "I'm almost hoping we can go for $10,000, so he can take all the time off he needs," she said.

Hill is a road construction worker employed by Harper-Kilgore Paving. He does not have sufficient sick leave to cover his recovery time.

When a transplant is scheduled, he will be in recovery for two to four months, Rudd said.

At 5, Hill was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy. Family members describe this condition as an autoimmune disease that attacks and kills his kidneys.

He already has received one kidney transplant. That organ was donated by his father, Brad Jones, but after several years Hill's body rejected that kidney. He's now on dialysis four days a week.

Hill's wife, Tara Hill, said this dialysis could go on as long as her husband's body could last.

She said besides their expenses, the family is worried about receiving the latest kidney they need for their patriarch.

"He'll need multiple transplants throughout his life," said the wife.

"For the second kidney, it's a lot harder to find a match."

Hill has type O blood, which is the first criteria a person must meet in order to donate a kidney to him.

The donor also must pass several other tests, which initially involve only blood and urine.

Currently, doctors are looking at a possible woman donor, but they have not determined if she will indeed test as a close enough match.

Those interested in testing to become a donor are asked to call Linda at the University of Utah Medical Center at 801-587-6322 for an appointment.

Rudd was behind a Jan. 22 party for Hill that netted the family $4,000.

"It went really good," Rudd said of the event held at the Golden Spike Elks Lodge in Roy.

"We anticipated 100 people, and we got 150 to 175."

Additional upcoming fundraising events are:

* Trap shoot competition, Saturday at the Ogden Gun Club, 8805 S. 2000 West, Willard. Participants may attend at any time between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost is $4.50 for 25 practice birds, $30 for a guaranteed prize punch card and $6 per prize shoot. There will be meat and gift card prizes and a shotgun drawing.

* 5k run/walk, March 19 at Emma Russell park, 5750 S. 4300 West in Roy. Cost is $25 per person and $50 per family preregistration. Day-of cost is $30 per person and $60 per family. There will be a 10 a.m. check-in. First- and second-place winners will receive prizes. All entrants receive T-shirts and drinks. Register at www.runwalkjog.com/jasonhill/default.htm until March 11.

* Golf tournament, April 30 at Schneiter's Bluff, West Point Golf Course, 3500 W. 300 North, West Point. Cost is $60 per person. The event begins at 10 a.m. in a four-person scramble format. There will be prizes for first, second and third place as well as longest drive and closest to the hole. Lunch is included.

Those wishing to donate directly may take checks made out to the Jason D. Hill Charitable Account to any branch of America First Credit Union. Mail checks designated for that account to America First Credit Union, P.O. Box 9199, Ogden, UT 84409. For information about any of these activities or the donation fund, call Rudd at 801-645-2035 or e-mail at vallaree@shortyspaving.com.

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