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Bass tourney to raise funds for kidney transplant |

By The Capital-Journal

Posted: July 19, 2014 – 3:59pm

A catch-and-release bass tournament and chili cookoff will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2 in the Coeur d’ Alene Shelter at Melvern Lake. Other activities include face painting and a bake sale.

Proceeds will benefit the Midwest/West Kidney Transplant Fund in honor of Tom Thurston, who has suffered from polycystic kidney disease since birth. Over the past few years, his kidneys have become increasingly enlarged and recently began to shut down. He is awaiting a kidney transplant.

Even with insurance, Thurston’s out-of-pocket costs will be about $2,000 a month for the rest of his life. He is working with the nonprofit HelpHOPELive to raise funds to cover uninsured medical costs associated with the transplant.

Registration fees are $50 for the bass tournament and $20 for the chili cookoff. The event is free for spectators.

Donations to Thurston’s fundraising campaign can be made online at or by calling (800) 642-8399. Checks can be mailed in honor of Thurston to HelpHOPELive, 2 Radnor Corporate Center, 100 Matsonford Road, Suite 100, Radnor, Pa. 19087.

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