More fundraisers for kidney patient


Hot dog sale Friday, book sale Saturday at festival

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Timmy Vinson sits in the living room of his Jonesville home while undergoing the first dialysis of the day. Four times a day every four hours Vinson undergoes the 45-minute process that enables him to cope with the kidney failure that has afflicted him for nearly a decade. Vinson is on the transplant list at the Medical University of South Carolina and must raise $54,000 to help pay for the cost of the transplant. A hot dog plate fundraiser for Vinson will be held at the Jonesville Church of God at 11 a.m. Friday and Vinson and his wife, Sissy, will have a table at the Jonesville Municipal Festival on Saturday where they will be selling copies of the recipe book “The Gift of Life.”


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times “The Gift of Life” is a collection of 350 donated recipes that are being sold by Timmy and Sissy Vinson to help raise $54,000 needed to pay for a kidney transplant for Timmy. The Vinsons will be selling copies of the book from a booth at the Jonesville Municipal Festival this Saturday.


By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

JONESVILLE — The effort to help a Jonesville couple raise $54,000 for the husband’s kidney transplant continues this Friday at a church in Jonesville and this Saturday during the Jonesville Municipal Festival.

Timmy Vinson first suffered kidney failure in 2006 forcing him to undergo dialysis each day until 2009 when the family of a Union County man who’d recently died donated his kidneys to Vinson. While they worked initially, the donated kidneys began to fail in 2014, forcing Vinson back on dialysis and needing another kidney transplant.

Vinson is on the transplant list at the Medical University of South Carolina, but a transplant will cost $270,000 of which Medicare will only pay 80 percent, leaving Vinson and his wife, Sissy, to come up with the remaining $54,000.

To help raise those funds, the Vinsons, with the help of family, friends, and area churches have undertaken a number of fundraising efforts this year including a yard sale/bake sale which was held in August next to Linda’s Beauty Nook on Main Street in Jonesville. The yard sale items and baked goods were donated by family, friends and area churches and the sale raised $800 which was placed in the Timothy Vinson Kidney Transplant account at Arthur State Bank.

Sissy Vinson announced Tuesday that the Church of God on Forest Street in Jonesville will hold a fundraiser selling hot dog plates beginning at 11 a.m. with all funds raised going toward helping pay for her husband’s kidney transplant. In addition to hot dogs, the plates will include potato chips and drinks.

The Vinsons are also raising funds for the transplant by selling copies of “The Gift of Life,” a cookbook composed of 350 recipes donated by Union County residents and the members of the congregation of a church in Chester. A total of 600 copies of the book was printed and the Vinsons have been selling them with the assistance of friends and several area churches. As of Wednesday morning, approximately 200 copies have been sold.

Sissy Vinson said Tuesday that she and her husband will have booth at the Jonesville Municipal Festival this Saturday where they will be selling copies of The Gift of Life.

The book, which costs $20 a copy, includes:

• Appetizers, Beverages & Dips

• Soups & Salads

• Bread & Rolls

• Vegetables & Side Dishes

• Main Dishes & Meats

• Desserts

• Cookies & Candies

• Miscellaneous

There are also sections on Cooking & Nutrition Tips, Household Hints, and Gifts From The Kitchen.

The book also includes sections on organ donations and transplantation resources; Christianity and organ/tissue donations; life-changing facts concerning organ/tissue donations and related issues; and the story of Timmy’s battle with kidney failure and the effort to raise funds for a kidney transplant.

The book is dedicated to God and to the memory of organ/tissue donors and the families of those donors including Greg Kirby whose family gave Timmy his first kidney in 2009.

A photo of Timmy and Sissy is on the first page of the book along with the following passage of scripture:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

— John 3:16 (KJV)

Persons wanting to make donations may do so at Arthur State Bank with any checks made out to the Timothy Vinson Kidney Transplant.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
Timmy Vinson sits in the living room of his Jonesville home while undergoing the first dialysis of the day. Four times a day every four hours Vinson undergoes the 45-minute process that enables him to cope with the kidney failure that has afflicted him for nearly a decade. Vinson is on the transplant list at the Medical University of South Carolina and must raise $54,000 to help pay for the cost of the transplant. A hot dog plate fundraiser for Vinson will be held at the Jonesville Church of God at 11 a.m. Friday and Vinson and his wife, Sissy, will have a table at the Jonesville Municipal Festival on Saturday where they will be selling copies of the recipe book “The Gift of Life.”
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_web1_Dialysis-2.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times
Timmy Vinson sits in the living room of his Jonesville home while undergoing the first dialysis of the day. Four times a day every four hours Vinson undergoes the 45-minute process that enables him to cope with the kidney failure that has afflicted him for nearly a decade. Vinson is on the transplant list at the Medical University of South Carolina and must raise $54,000 to help pay for the cost of the transplant. A hot dog plate fundraiser for Vinson will be held at the Jonesville Church of God at 11 a.m. Friday and Vinson and his wife, Sissy, will have a table at the Jonesville Municipal Festival on Saturday where they will be selling copies of the recipe book “The Gift of Life.”

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
“The Gift of Life” is a collection of 350 donated recipes that are being sold by Timmy and Sissy Vinson to help raise $54,000 needed to pay for a kidney transplant for Timmy. The Vinsons will be selling copies of the book from a booth at the Jonesville Municipal Festival this Saturday.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_IMG_0005.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times
“The Gift of Life” is a collection of 350 donated recipes that are being sold by Timmy and Sissy Vinson to help raise $54,000 needed to pay for a kidney transplant for Timmy. The Vinsons will be selling copies of the book from a booth at the Jonesville Municipal Festival this Saturday.
Hot dog sale Friday, book sale Saturday at festival

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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