Fundraiser to celebrate Ahoskie woman’s transplant birthday

Patricia Watford

On March 12, 1998, Patricia Watford, of Ahoskie, received a second chance at life through a kidney/pancreas transplant.

For more than 20 years, she battled diabetes, and soon she will celebrate nearly 20 years of freedom from the disease. Although Watford, 48, is doing well, she still faces expenses related to the transplant.

The average kidney/pancreas transplant costs approximately $475,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which covered the cost of the transplant, she still 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.

For fundraising support, Watford and her family turned to NFT for assistance with some of these financial burdens in 1997, and the family’s relationship with the nonprofit is still ongoing to this day. NFT is a nonprofit organization that helps patients raise funds to pay for transplant-related expenses.

To celebrate her transplant birthday and raise funds for her expenses, Watford and her supporters are holding, “The Miracle of March Extravaganza,” an event that will include a concert and raffle for a Michael Kors pocketbook.The event will be held Saturday, Mach 12 at 4 p.m. at Greater Harvest Fellowship, 1301 NC 561 West in Aulander. There is no cost to attend, but donations are appreciated.

“I’m thrilled that Patricia is doing well,” said Claire Prince, NFT fundraising consultant. “What many people don’t realize is that she’ll still need a lifetime of care to keep her the transplant organs healthy. At NFT, we’re thrilled to help her raise the funds she needs to afford her continued support and care.”

To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Watford, please visit her personal fundraising page.