The emergency auction put on by Ward 3 Coun. Gerry Montpellier and organ donation activist Bob Johnston of Cruizin' for Donors, was a success.
According to Johnston, approximately 120 showed up for the auction that took place on March 25, and $5,000 was raised. The money has been put into trust, with more than enough to cover Collette Jones' living expenses after kidney transplant. Additional funds that came through will help other local donor recipients who are in need.
Sudbury.com met and spoke with Jones back in March.
Jones' story came to the attention of Montpellier and Johnston through their charitable work at the hospital. The Sudbury woman is 50-per-cent blind and on a limited income. When the men realized she could not proceed with the transplant she needs without confidence that she could afford the care she will need after surgery, they stepped in to help.
"She's back on the list," Johnston told Sudbury.com with joy. "She feels much better, now there's not so much stress."
The support Jones received on account of her story is a testimony to community-mindedness in Greater Sudbury, and to those who have received and donated organs beyond its limits, organizers said.
In addition to funds raised at the auction, Johnston said cheques to support those needing help with living expenses after organ donation surgery have come in from Kanata, Ontario, Quebec and from as far away as Florida.