Box Elder teen seeks help from community for kidney transplant

BOX ELDER, SD – Colin Gholson, a sophomore at Douglas High School was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that affects the use of his kidney.

“It’s gotten worse now, so I like kind of notice differences from before.” said Colin, “Like before no one could really tell, I couldn’t really tell. I didn’t know how bad it was. But, since I’ve had it my whole life it hasn’t really had a huge impact on me.”

A life-saving kidney transplant was recommended by professionals, just this past spring, at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. But the cost of transplant-related services are sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Children’s Organ Transplant Association, or COTA, is teaming up with Box Elder volunteers to raise $75,000 for Colin’s transplant expenses.

Jennifer Gholson, Colin’s mother, described the expenses:

“And a lot of those, believe it or not, we have really good insurance, it’s all those things you don’t think about- the travel, the time away from home, the lost wages because I don’t have two months vacation built up at work.”

In addition to the procedure itself,  costs also include medications, transportation, lodging and more to the child and family.

Colin’s family is asking for assistance from COTA and the community to help save Colin’s life.

Those interested in donating can do so here.

All proceeds will go to Colin Gholson and his family.

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