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Daughter hopes to become dad's living donor

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 11:38 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 11:39 a.m. CDT

Stephanie Abbott is willing to do whatever it takes to save her father’s life.

The Belvidere woman is trying to raise money to defray the cost of a liver transplant that her father, Bill Abbott Jr. of Cortland, has been waiting three years to get.

“They told him years ago that he needed to start looking for a donor,” Stephanie Abbott said. “He is retaining a lot of water right now and the doctor told me that an emergency transplant is his only option.”

Stephanie Abbott and other family members have scheduled a fundraiser for Saturday, Oct. 20 at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb. The funds raised will primarily be used for testing to see if Stephanie can donate part of her liver to her father. If she can, future fundraisers will help pay for her portion of the transplant surgery.

“We would need about $350,000 if I can be a donor, but my dad’s insurance won’t pay for my expenses,” Stephanie Abbott said.

Insurance will cover the cost of the transplant if a cadaver donor can be found.

Tickets to the event cost $20 and include a round of cosmic bowling. Other fundraising activities at the event include a bake sale, a Tupperware sale, a 50/50 raffle, a photo booth and a silent auction.

Stephanie Abbott chose to hold the fundraiser at Mardi Gras Lanes because over the years it was a place for her dad and his friends to hang out.

“My dad used to bowl there when he worked for Goodyear,” she said. “We have been going to that bowling alley since we were kids.”

Brian Kolberg, general manager of Mardi Gras Lanes, did not work at the bowling alley when the Abbott family bowled there years ago, but he is working hard to make the event a success.

“They were really happy that we took over the printing of the tickets,” Kolberg said. “We had the tickets printed, laminated and ready to go within five days of talking to them.”

Kolbeg added that Mardi Gras holds fundraisers on a regular basis.

“I have a keep-it-simple attitude toward fundraising events,” he said. “We are a family-owned center that tries to help with these fundraisers.”

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Mardi Gras Lanes. For more information, contact Terri Abbott at 815-793-6817 or Bill Abbott at 815-793-8286.

A Liver for Bill

6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 Mardi Gras Lanes, 1730 Sycamore Road in DeKalb $20, includes bowling

A bake sale, Tupperware sale, 50/50 raffle, photo booth and silent auction will also be available.

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