LETTER: Outlook positive for Wentz

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

Evie Wentz, the 9-year-old Moore County girl that received a kidney last month, is doing really well. She is now four weeks post-transplant, and the doctors say things are looking good. Due to all her new medications and new foods in her diet, her diabetes is a bit out of control, but the doctors are working on that. Although still quarantined and relegated to wearing a mask and avoiding other people, Evie is now allowed outside to play and has even been to the park to play disc golf. In general, everyone is optimistic about her complete recovery.

Her donor, Jenn, is also doing well. Her doctors think she will be able to go back to work soon. She is so happy that Evie gets another chance at her childhood.

But, this is not the end of the story. Area volunteers for COTA for Evie W are hard at work raising much needed funds to cover transplant-related expenses. The donation thermometer is at nearly 75 percent, which is great, but we aren’t there yet. You can help this weekend by going to the Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, March 22, from 8 to 10 a.m. in Sanford. Tickets are $7. Contact Teri Clark at (919) 776-9311 to get your tickets in advance — or simply show up at the door.

If you can’t make it to the breakfast, consider donating to COTA in honor of Evie W at www.COTAforEvieW.com.

There are two other things you can do to help. One is to sign up as an organ donor, as 121,646 people are waiting for an organ. Eighteen people will die each day while they wait. One donor can save up to eight lives. You can sign up at www.donatelifenc.org. The other thing you can do is donate blood. While Evie was in the hospital, she needed 40 units of blood — that’s five gallons. If people hadn’t been willing to donate, the blood wouldn’t have been available, and Evie would have died long before a transplant was made available to her.

As a community, we have the opportunity to continue to help Evie and others like Evie. Let’s not give up now!

Kimberly Guin