‘The Gift of Life’ at the county fair


Couple raising funds for kidney transplant

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Timmy Vinson mans the booth he and his wife, Sissy, have set up at the Union County Fair. The Vinsons are raising funds to help pay for a kidney transplant for Timmy who has suffered kidney failure and is on dialysis. They are selling copies of “The Gift of Life,” a cookbook containing 350 recipes, at their booth and collecting donations. All funds raised will be place in the Timothy Vinson Kidney Transplant Fund at Arthur State Bank.


By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

UNION — A Jonesville couple seeking to raise $54,000 to help pay for a kidney transplant is continuing their efforts this week at the 2015 Union County Fair.

There are number of booths at this year’s fair providing those attending with information about the civic groups, churches, government agencies, businesses, and even political parties sponsoring the booths as well as candy, cookies, pencils, bags and other treats/items to consume or take home.

Among the booths at the fair is the “Timothy Vinson Kidney Transplant Fund” booth. The booth was set up by Sissy and Timmy Vinson who are 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.

The Vinsons are attempting to raise $54,000 to help pay for a kidney transplant for Timmy who has suffered kidney failure twice within the last 10 years and is currently under going a regimen of four sessions of dialysis a day.

Timmy 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.

While Timmy is on the transplant list at the Medical University of South Carolina, a transplant costs $270,000 of which Medicare will only pay 80 percent, leaving it to the Vinsons to come up with the remaining $54,000.

To help raise those funds, the Vinsons, with the assistance of family, friends, and other members of the community, have undertaken a number of fundraising efforts including a yard sale/bake held in in August in Jonesville which raised $800; and then, in September, a hot dog sale by Jonesville Church of God and a booth by at the Jonesville Town Festival which together raised more $1,300.

All the funds raised through such events or donated are placed in the Timothy Vinson Kidney Transplant account at Arthur State Bank.

The Gift of Life

A total of 600 copies of The Gift of Life were printed and the Vinsons have been selling them with the assistance of friends and several area churches.

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 mans the booth he and his wife, Sissy, have set up at the Union County Fair. The Vinsons are raising funds to help pay for a kidney transplant for Timmy who has suffered kidney failure and is on dialysis. They are selling copies of “The Gift of Life,” a cookbook containing 350 recipes, at their booth and collecting donations. All funds raised will be place in the Timothy Vinson Kidney Transplant Fund at Arthur State Bank.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_0030.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Timmy Vinson mans the booth he and his wife, Sissy, have set up at the Union County Fair. The Vinsons are raising funds to help pay for a kidney transplant for Timmy who has suffered kidney failure and is on dialysis. They are selling copies of “The Gift of Life,” a cookbook containing 350 recipes, at their booth and collecting donations. All funds raised will be place in the Timothy Vinson Kidney Transplant Fund at Arthur State Bank.
Couple raising funds for kidney transplant

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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