HAMPTONVILLE — Mission Isaac, an organ donation awareness event held on April 8, was a huge success, organizers reported.
At age 11 Isaac Shore was diagnosed with end stage renal failure in both kidneys. Isaac will be 13 in two weeks and the need for a kidney continues. Isaac must undergo 10 hours of dialysis each night. He spent six weeks at Brenner Children’s Hospital in the spring of 2016, but is now at home. His Aunt, Nicole Shore, stated that Isaac is on the donor registry awaiting a kidney, but that a live donor for the kidney would be most advantageous for Isaac, given his young age.
A kidney from a matching live donor would likely last Isaac 15 to 20 years, whereas a donor kidney would likely last only ten or 15 years. Nicole Shore said the approval process is very strict for live donors as it is imperative that the live donor be in good health to ensure their safety for the person donating the organ. Several family members were tested to see if they were a match for Isaac, but they were not.
More than 700 people attended the Mission Isaac donation awareness event from all over Yadkin County and the greater areas of Winston-Salem and Statesville with several from further such as Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh and Richmond Virginia.
“We were able to have a fun day for all ages while sharing the important message of organ donation,” said Nicole Shore.
The crowd was entertained throughout the day by live music courtesy of Will Jones, Krista Wells Atwood & Friends, the Mt. View Praise Band and 8 Pound Hammer.
“We were also blessed to hear transplant testimonies from Demes Eldridge of Hamptonville and his live donor Nathan Royal, Juliana West and her live donor Le Ann West of King and David Burton of Elkin. A special thanks to those folks for coming to share their stories of success,” Shore said.
Being a huge military and history buff Isaac was honored to receive a flag from VFW Post 10346 after they led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Leading up to the event Mission Isaac t shirts were sold to share Isaac’s message and need for a transplant.
“We were able to sell over 450 t shirts,” Shore said. “Another highlight of the event was the cake auction. Over 20 full size cakes were donated for the cake auction. The auction was managed by corn maze owner Jason Walker, a real auctioneer. The highest selling cake was sold for over $100, raising over $1100 in 30 minutes.”
“The community really rallied around this effort and it was a pleasure to see everyone there. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts, prayers and participation,” Shore added. “Many thanks to Alpha & Omega Corn Maze for providing such a fantastic facility to host this great community event. A special thank you to Asbury United Methodist Church, Longtown United Methodist Church, Temple Hill United Methodist Church, Debbie’s Snackbar and Darwin’s Café for all their help and support. Thank you also to the countless folks who donated items and volunteered their time to make the event such a success. The event exceeded all expectations!”
Most importantly, Shore said, several people registered with Donate Life to be organ donors.
“We also received a few applications from folks to be a donor for Isaac which of course is the main goal,” she said. “If you have an interest in learning more about Live Organ donation please contact us at [email protected] for more information. Please also make sure to register to be an organ donor at www.donatelifenc.org . Currently there are over 100,000 people waiting on an organ transplant. We need to grow the list of folks willing to be organ donors. You can do your part by registering to be an organ donor.
All fundraising efforts will be used to help Isaac in his ongoing battle with kidney disease and any funds not used immediately will be held in an account for him as he likely will need multiple transplants during his lifetime. For more on Isaac Shore’s story, visit facebook.com/missionisaac/.