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Gospel show to help with transplant

Local church choirs can sing their hearts out to raise money for a kidney.

A Gospel Music Program is being held to raise money for Geraldine Morris, a kidney transplant candidate at Medical College of Georgia.

A Thomson resident, Ms. Morris is in renal failure as a result of diabetes and hypertension, and has been going through dialysis for one year. The longer she goes without a healthy kidney, the more likely other parts of her body will be affected, Ms. Morris said.

"I definitely need a kidney transplant," she said in a fundraiser request letter last October. "It is overwhelming to understand the restrictive cost to cure/minimize the progression of this illness."

Fundraising efforts began in October to help raise the $11,600 needed for Ms. Morris to be made active on the transplant list. Local fundraising events have included various dinners and a Halloween costume dance.

Ms. Morris said she needs $3,000 more to be put on the active list. According to a letter from MCG, the money is used to help pay for the necessary immunosuppressant medications and other expenses for the first six months after the transplant.

The Smooth Ashlar Grand Court Heroines of Jericho are hosting the choir event, which will be at Vanderhorst C.M.E. Church on Main Street in Thomson at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 17.

All choirs, families, individuals or gospel groups can sign up at the door to perform in the charitable event. Refreshments also will be for sale.

Web posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010

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