First Posted: 8/20/2011 12:20:10 PM | Last Updated: 8/28/2011 4:30:45 PM
The Village Corner Restaurant pleads for you to lean on them to save a life !
By Tom Livsey, OurTown National News Editor,
Its not everyday that you can do something to save someone else's life ? Well on September 3, 2011, you will have your chance.
Thanks to the civic minded owners of 'The Village Corner', Carl Friese and his mom, Mrs. Hilde Friese, in Stone Mountain Village, Georgia, you will be able to sleep good , because they are giving everyone in Georgia, an opportunity to do a good deed for a local stranger, while they entertain you with some of 'The great Sammy Blue's music !
Its for "The Horace O'Kelley's Kidney Fund" !
Tom Livsey , OurTown National News Editor remarks, "Its amazing how many good things Americans can do when we come together for a common cause. Just like, If we all could just do these two simple things, communities nationwide could become better...Love your neighbors, and look out for their children. That's It".
However, talk is cheap, until it comes to community leaders like, Mrs. Hilde Friese . She is truly an angel from Heaven. She practices these daily concepts, without the thought of accolades, recognition, acknowledge or acclaim from others.
Its only when it comes to others in her community, in need of help, is when she speaks loud and clear, like right now..." We are trying with your help to save a life of a beautiful couple in need of our help, in order to get them a kidney transplant...Please help us help them" , reveals Mrs. Hilde Friese!
She adds, "We are having a big Blues/Jazz evening under the Stars to benefit a Stone Mountain resident who is on the kidney transplant list, but needs to raise money for this endeavor.
The gig is on September 3rd, 7:30 PM at the Village Corner. Usually our gigs are free, but for this we are asking a $ 20.- cover charge which will go into Horace O'Kelley's Kidney Fund .
For that reason it is tax deductible. Of course we are, as always, serving great food and brew".
Horace O'Kelley has been on dialysis for over 10 years and has with that beaten all statistics. The average life expectancy for dialysis patients is 3 to 4 years.
He and his wife met at a dialysis clinic.
Shortly afterward, they went on an educational tour for other dialysis patients, and gave talks in Washington and New York.
Now both of them are on the kidney donor list. They must raise $ 10,000 each, in order to just be considered. That is the estimated cost of the medication needed, once they have the new kidney, for the first year!
Horace was an athlete, never drank alcohol or smoked, and has always been as slim as bean stalk and yet he was struck by this terrible disease. But he has never lost hope and confidence that someday there will be a new functioning kidney for him.
The first kidney transplantation in the United Kingdom did not occur until 1960, when Michael Woodruff < http://us.mc1117.mail.yahoo.com/wiki/Michael_Woodruff> performed one between identical twins in Edinburgh.
Until the routine use of medications to prevent and treat acute rejection, introduced in 1964, deceased donor transplantation was not performed.
The kidney was the easiest organ to transplant: tissue typing < http://us.mc1117.mail.yahoo.com/wiki/Tissue_typing> was simple, the organ was relatively easy to remove and implant, live donors could be used without difficulty, and in the event of failure, kidney dialysis < http://us.mc1117.mail.yahoo.com/wiki/Kidney_dialysis> was available from the 1940s.
Kidney transplantation is a life-extending procedure. The typical patient will live 10 to 15 years longer with a kidney transplant than if kept on dialysis.
The increase in longevity is greater for younger patients, but even 75-year-old recipients (the oldest group for which there is data) gain an average four more years of life.
People generally have more energy, a less restricted diet, and fewer complications with a kidney transplant than if they stay on conventional dialysis.
"We are asking the community to support this. Whether you can come to the fantastic music evening with Sammy Blue and friends, or just want to contribute, everything is welcome and tax deductible.
Checks should be made out to Horace O'Kelley Kidney Fund", exclaims Mrs. Friese, as she challenges every Georgian.
Thank God For The Frieses' !
The link below is a song that will kind of sum up what the Frieses' are trying to do with all our help ...Lean On Me !
For more information, please call for reservation 770-498-0329...