Event focuses on organ donation
Residents can eat a gourmet spaghetti dinner while supporting a good cause Sunday night.
Sara Beattie and her husband David say it is a fundraiser for the Duluth Kidney Walk team that will benefit the National Kidney Foundation.
“We are very excited about this year’s event and hope everyone can come out and join us for a good time,” Sara Beattie said.
Sara and David Beattie’s son, Jackson, 3, had a kidney transplant almost two years ago because he suffered from renal failure. Searching for a donor was challenging at the time due to Jackson’s high antibodies.“We knew almost from the moment he was born that he would need a transplant,” Sara Beattie said. “The doctors told us he needed a transplant on his first birthday … it was absolutely terrifying.”Jackson’s cousin, Brett Beattie, 20, saved Jackson’s life by donating his kidney. David Beattie said if it wasn’t for his nephew then Jackson would be living on dialysis and his overall health would decrease every day.“Jackson is doing incredible now; he’s also very active and happy,” David Beattie said. “He is also healthier too. He hasn’t had any recent surgeries.”The couple said they are so thankful for Brett Beattie’s generosity. They wanted to host another event this year to encourage people to become organ donors.“We wanted to do another fun event in the community to bring friends, family, and supporters together to raise money and awareness for a good cause.” David Beattie said.More than 200 people attended last year’s event and nearly $10,000 was raised thanks to donations from residents and local businesses. The focus of the occasion was to raise awareness and recognize living donors. In addition to organ donation awareness, this year the event will include an Italian marinara spaghetti dinner with meatballs, silent auctions, prize giveaways and a chance to sign up to be an organ donor.All of the money raised will go to the National Kidney Foundation which provides funding for research and supports all organ donations.“There are over 100,000 people on the waiting list for a lifesaving transplant,” David Beattie said. “Each person who becomes an organ donor saves up to 8 lives and impact up to 50 lives.”The Beattie family wanted to thank the community for their constant support and donations.“I don’t know how our family would have gotten through this without the communities support,” Sara Beattie said. “We appreciate all of the ongoing support from our wonderful community.”The event will start at 3 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door.