Tonawanda News — Sherry said they’ve learned there are very few organs available locally, and that New York has one of the lowest donor registries in the country.
“If we could get one thing out, we’d say ‘please consider being an organ donor,’” Sherry said. “You are never too old or too sick ... and there are more hearts needed than there are available.”
A UNYTS booth will be at the benefit on Sunday, and attendees can sign up to be organ donors right at the event. There will also be live music, food, drinks, a silent auction and basket raffles.
The event, which will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Ellwood Fire Hall, will help the Days with health care and other costs. Tim’s fellow officers are also helping out, and have been allowed to grow their beards to raise money and awareness for the cause.
In addition to the health care costs, Tim is still making regular trips to Rochester to see his doctors, and the family will have to complete renovations on their home in the coming months.
“We have already started some work,” Sherry said, noting that a generator was installed just in case the power goes out while Tim is relying on the heart pump. Among other necessary renovations, mold in the basement will have to be remediated before Tim undergoes a heart transplant, the rugs will have to be removed and the Days will have to build a first-floor bathroom.
“They are things that people could go without under normal circumstances, but we can’t,” she said.
Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagleyIF YOU GO • WHAT: Benefit for Timothy Day • WHEN: Sunday, 1 to 7 p.m. • WHERE: Ellwood Fire Hall, 1000 Englewood Ave., Kenmore • COST: $20 in advance, $25 at the door • TICKETS: Call Vinnie Christiano at 874-4339, Jill O'Malley at 553-4267 or Colleen Donovan at 447-1751