Carnival in honor of Ind. transplant patient

Cloverdale, Ind., April 23, 2015 – On Saturday, May 9, supporters of transplant patient Tonda Thacker Hinton are holding a carnival to raise funds for her transplant-related expenses.

The carnival, which will begin at 11 a.m. at Cloverdale High School, is free to attend, but refreshments, games and raffle tickets will have various costs at the cash-only event.

This family-friendly event will include games, a silent auction, bounce house, face painting, balloon animals and a 50/50 raffle, as well as raffles for a 55 inch TV and a night at the Conrad Downtown Indianapolis.

When Hinton, of Spencer, was 9, her entire family got the flu, but while everyone else began to recover, she continued getting sicker and losing weight. After visiting her pediatrician and being sent to the hospital immediately, the family learned Hinton was suffering from type-1 diabetes.

Hinton, now 41, is now awaiting a new lease on life, which will come from a lifesaving kidney transplant.

Over the years, she has endured countless procedures and medical crises, and she even underwent a kidney/pancreas transplant in 2003. While her pancreas is still working properly, she finds herself once again waiting for a new kidney.

The average kidney transplant costs approximately $250,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health coverage, which will cover the cost of the transplant itself, she faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications, which are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.

To overcome these financial challenges, Hinton turned to the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) for assistance. NFT is a nonprofit organization that helps transplant patients raise funds to pay for medical expenses.

“I’m hopeful that Tonda will receive her transplant soon,” said Claire Prince, NFT fundraising consultant. “It’s wonderful to see such a great support system around her, and I know this event will be a great success. At NFT, we’re dedicated to helping Tonda raise the funds she needs to afford her lifesaving treatment and care.”

For more information about the event, please visit A Kidney for Tonda on Facebook or contact Kristin Cox at 317-530-5403 or or Wendy Thacker at 317-522-3434 or

To make a donation in Hinton’s honor, please visit her personal fundraising page. If you prefer to mail your contribution, please send your gift to the NFT Indiana Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Be sure to write “in honor of Tonda Hinton” in the subject line.

About NFT
NFT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Memphis, Tenn. that has been helping transplant patients overcome financial obstacles since 1983. NFT provides fundraising expertise and advocacy to transplant patients by organizing fundraising campaigns in the patients’ own communities. In the past 30 years, NFT’s fundraising campaigns have generated nearly $70 million to assist patients. NFT annually assists more than 2,500 transplant candidates and recipients nationwide. For more information about NFT, please call 800-489-3863 or visit