Jamestown, NC - If you need some inspiration, this is it. Jason Spangler is in the fight for his life. But while he waits for a kidney, he's also raising awareness about organ donation.
"I just want to be around as a father," Spangler told WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain.
Spangler lives each day for his wife, Melissa and busy toddler Amelia. At 36, Jason has already beaten the odds, surviving on one kidney his entire life.
"I was 5-years-old. I had an accident that led to the discovery of a single kidney so I had surgery after that and it left the kidney about 30 percent functional," Spangler explained. His father George Spangler talked about the doctor's original diagnosis.
"They told us he'd need a transplant by 12. Then at 12 they said 16. Then at 16 they said 21. He's never been on dialysis; which is amazing!" his father said.
But his one kidney is only 12% functional. "I've been on the kidney transplant list at Duke for over four years, going on five and I'm just waiting for my name to be called on the list," said Spangler.
Emily Joyner with the National Foundation for Transplants told WFMY News 2 the cost of the transplant is $250,000. How much out of cost expense they'll incur depends on the patient's insurance. In Spangler's case, he has a $100,000 goal of which he's has raised a little more than $35,000.
To help Spangler reach his goal, they're holding the JVS Kidney Fund 2nd Annual Benefit Car Show.
"We're trying to raise awareness for people to become organ donors," he said.
The benefit is Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 11am to 2pm in the Ace Hardware/ Jamestown Oven and Grill parking lot. You can find it at 705 West Main Street in Jamestown.
There's a $5 entry fee for show cars, but you can donate as much as you want.
To donate to Jason's fund online, click here. You can also learn more about what the National Foundation for Transplants does by clicking here.