Seventh Annual JVS Car Show and Festival set for May 5 at 10am at Jamestown Presbyterian Church
Jamestown, N.C., May 5, 2018 — When Jamestown resident Jason Vincent Spangler was only five years old, a biking accident led to the discovery that he had only one kidney. Before he was 10 years old, Spangler and his family learned a kidney transplant would likely be in his future. On May 5, 2018, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, volunteers will host the Seventh Annual Jason Vincent Spangler Car Show and Festival at Jamestown Presbyterian Church located on 1804 Guilford College Road in Jamestown.
Spangler feels very fortunate that proper diet and exercise extended the life of his kidney. Spangler received a transplant on July 4, 2017, and he feels very blessed for this new beginning on his life. His focus has shifted to staying healthy, living life to its fullest, and managing his post-transplant medications and care.
Spangler, an avid car enthusiast, has remained positive and doesn’t take the many blessings in his life for granted. More than anything, he looks forward to a lifetime of happiness with his wife, Melissa, and their two daughters. Even with transplant behind him, his new life comes at a very high price.
The average kidney transplant costs more than $335,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which covered a portion of the transplant costs, Spangler still faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
For fundraising support and guidance, Spangler turned to the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) for assistance with some of these financial burdens. NFT is a nonprofit organization that helps patients raise funds to pay for transplant-related expenses through their community-based fundraising program.
“This event sounds like such a great time,” said Claire Prince, NFT fundraising consultant. “I know Jason wants nothing more than to be healthy and active again, and at NFT, we’re dedicated to helping him raise the funds he needs to afford his lifesaving treatment and care.”
On May 5, 2018, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, volunteers will host the Seventh Annual Jason Vincent Spangler Car Show and Festival at Jamestown Presbyterian Church located on 1804 Guilford College Road in Jamestown.
The event is free for attendees and $20 per car. The event will be fun for the whole family, with more than 100 cars on display, live music, a huge cookout, games and activities for the kids, and raffle prizes. This family-friendly fundraiser will provide the opportunity for parents to share with their children an event that supports a great cause, raising awareness for the need for organ donors and raising funds for a local patient’s transplant care.
To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Spangler, please send a contribution to the NFT North Carolina Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write “in honor of Jason Spangler” on the memo line. Secure donations also can be made online at www.transplants.org. Donors should click on “Find an NFT Patient” to locate Spangler.
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 to transplant patients by organizing fundraising campaigns in the patients’ own communities. NFT’s fundraising campaigns have generated more than $82 million to assist patients. In the past year, NFT has served 2,100 transplant patients and assisted more than 4,200 individuals and community partners. For more information about NFT, please call 800-489-3863 or visit www.transplants.org.