Benefit raises $35K for boy in need of kidney transplant

Benefit raises $35K for boy in need of kidney transplant (Image 1)

A weekend benefit held in honor of a four-year-old boy in need of a kidney transplant raised around $35,000.

According to a report in the Shelbyville Times Gazette, between 500 and 600 people attended the event for Row McLaughlin at the Blue Ribbon Circle Club on Saturday.

At the benefit, attendees dined on barbecue, participated in a silent auction and enjoyed a performance by country singer Darryl Worley who is known for his songs such as “Have You Forgotten?”  and “I Miss My Friend.”

Attendees of the event also had the opportunity to buy “Pray for Row” t-shirts.

The paper reported Row, suffers from chronic kidney disease. His mother told the newspaper her son's condition is not “technically a disease. The term is used for all patients in renal failure.”

Row's surgery, which is expected to take place this summer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, is estimated to cost more than $1 million.

Both of Row's parents are considered good potential donors. Doctors are expected to determine who will be the best match in the near future.

Anyone who would like to donate to Row's fund can do so at Peoples Bank in Shelbyville. Donations may also be mailed to Edgemont Baptist Church at 150 Fairfield Pike, Shelbyville, Tennessee 37160.

*The Shelbyville Times Gazette contributed to this report.

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