Family to host car show for kidney transplant

May. 23, 2013 @ 09:39 AM

Jason Spangler was 5 years old when a biking accident changed his life forever.
Testing after the accident revealed that Spangler was born with one kidney and a transplant was likely in his future.
The future is now for Spangler, now 36. Through proper diet and exercise, he was able to extend the life of his kidney, but its functionality has plummeted to 14 percent and symptoms like fatigue are starting to wear on him more.
“He’s beating all the odds,” said Jason Spangler’s father, George Spangler. “His kidney function has been dropping slightly over the years, but he’s never been on dialysis.”
Jason Spangler has been on the transplant list at Duke for four years. He sends blood samples to the hospital each month and tests and monitors his kidney every three months.
Kidney transplant surgery could cost from $250,000 to $500,000, depending on whether the organs are donated from a live donor or not. After surgery, anti-rejection and other medications can cost $500 per month up to $3,000 per month, depending on insurance. With a price tag like that, Jason Spangler and his family are trying to raise money for the day Jason gets his surgery.
The family is hosting a classic car show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1 in the parking lot at 705 W. Main St. in Jamestown.
“We had one last year and we raised about $2,200,” George Spangler said. “This year, we’ve expanded it to a larger venue.”
This year, the car show also will have a live band, raffle drawings and refreshments and food from local vendors. Spangler and the organizers also secured sponsors for the event this year, including Tex & Shirley’s Restaurant, Potent Potables and Bradleigh Productions.
The event is free to the public, and there is a $5 entry fee for show cars.
“Most people don’t know they have kidney issues until their kidney has failed them,” Jason Spangler said. “I’ve know for a long time. It’s kind of a silver lining.”
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