We didn’t leave any stone unturned in our Relief Society, including Fund Raising.

We had a young sister who was in need of a kidney transplant. Her story is on various news stories so I can share it here: Krista Doty. She had already had one transplant and it had failed. She had a young child to raise and was in dialysis several times a week. Her mother had already given her one kidney so even finding a donor would be difficult.

I visited with the Dotys on welfare visits to make sure they were doing all right and to help with food and other things. They were very discouraged about the prospects of another transplant and didn’t even want to try. They had insurance but still owed from the last transplant. Co-pays on the medications were high and there were even some medications that weren’t on their insurance formulary so they had to pay a pretty high price for them. Krista was so sick, both from kidney failure and side effects from the numerous meds, that she spent a good deal of her day in bed.

I went home and prayed about what to do for Krista. Actually, I prayed about it for weeks. She had lived across the street from me and was very dear to me.

The Lord opened up to me that she needed a fundraiser. He also showed me that I would not be the one to run it. So I asked him WHO could possibly do such a thing, and he whispered one name into my ear. It was another young mother who had the moxey to take on a big challenge and see it through to completion.

I called her, Becca Morganegg. I explained to her that I wasn’t asking as the Relief Society President, I was asking as a friend. I could only advise behind-the-scenes. Would she seriously pray about it because the dollar goal was daunting and the effort would be long-term and we would run into big obstacles? I felt good about it but Becca needed her own witness that it was the right thing to do.

Long story short, there were a number of fundraisers, including a fun run in the middle of January in Colorado (brrr!) and a Fuddruckers event where on two separate occasions, a portion of their profits for that day went to Krista. (They were magnificent, by the way. I’m a vegetarian and I will sing their praises and suggest them for lunch any day!)

We raised $10,000 and Krista received her transplant nearly two years ago. It was a marvelous, marvelous experience.

People in the ward would ask me, why are we doing a fundraiser? Why don’t we just let the Church pay for it all? Well, for one thing, the Church doesn’t have the funds to cover everyone’s big medical expenses. For another thing, seeking Church assistance should be the last line of defense, not the first line. Aren’t we supposed to do all that we can do?

I say this so that, if you have big problems you are seeking to resolve, pray about this one. It just might be the right thing to do.

P.S. Do you know what was the most important thing about this fundraiser?

It told Krista that she wasn’t in this alone.

Denver Channel: Second Kidney Transplant Gives Aurora Woman New Life May 10, 2006

Denver Channel: Friends Pitching In To Get Woman Second Kidney Transplant February 9, 2006

Aurora Sentinel: Kidney for Krista a Group Effort January 18, 2006

Hepatitis C is eating away at Krista Doty’s body and destroying her kidneys. She’s suffered three miscarriages in recent years and is currently undergoing kidney dialysis treatments three days a week. She becomes exhausted from everyday simplicities such as getting dressed, making lunch and playing with her 4-year-old son, Sam.

Aurora Sentinel: The Kidney’s On the way – Friends Efforts Raise $10,000 Plus for Aurora Woman’s Kidney Transplant April 19, 2006

Imagine the exhaustion — both mentally and physically — that comes with receiving an organ transplant.Then, think of what it would be like to have your body reject that organ, a kidney in this case, and know to live a long life, you’ll have to go through the process all over again — if you ever get the chance.Needless to say, Krista Doty was exhausted when this news broke last year.To make things worse, Doty, her husband, Dave, and 4-year-old son, Sam, were still paying off the first transplant and her subsequent medical care. So Doty was resigned to live out her life on dialysis treatment as a substitute for her failed kidneys.Aurora Sentinel: Report Good News. Repeat. April 20, 2006

It’s not often you get to follow up on the good news that appears in print.If it’s not bleeding, it’s not leading is one of the time-tested clichés that gets passed around newsrooms. Somehow that applies to writing second, third and fourth stories about a subject.We’ll report update after update on the latest murder, crises or budget problem because generally, that’s what readers tell us they want to see.Over. And over. And over.Which is why it was so enjoyable checking in on Krista Doty this week. One of the reasons her story has become such a feel-good subject to write about is because of our readers.


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