By JIMMY LAWTON
COLTON -- A Colton man has offered to give a kidney to his mother-in-law, who has been suffering with kidney failure for nearly seven years.
Denise Scovil has been close to getting a transplant, but last minute incompatibilities and medical issues have stopped it from happening, according to her daughter Jamie Matthie.
Jamie said she, herself, was a match, but was unable to donate due to her juvenile diabetes.
Her sister, Carrie Krazewski, was also a near-match, Matthie said, but not close enough, tests revealed.
"There have been a few times where we thought we were going to be able to help her, but something always falls though," Matthie said.
This time the sisters are hopeful that will not be the case with Carrie's husband Joseph Kraszewski, who has offered to donate a kidney to his mother-in-law.
"It means a lot to us," Matthie said. "It really is a gift of love, a gift of life."
To celebrate the gift, raise money for associated costs, and raise awareness about kidney donations, the family will hold a jamboree at The Canoe Place in Hannawa Falls March 2 at 11 a.m.
The jamboree will help pay for a trip to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where doctors will determine for sure if Kraszewski will be able to give his kidney.
"Anytime with a transplant there is a chance it won't take, but this is as close as we have ever been," she said. "We need to go Johns Hopkins Hospital and see the doctors there," she said.
Matthie said she and her family are hoping for a good turnout at the jamboree.
"March is Kidney Awareness Month. We want people to know that anyone can be a donor, they just have to get tested," she said.
Anyone with questions should contact Jamie Matthie at 212-9339. Donations can be made online at http://www.giveforward.com/helpjoegivethegiftoflife?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=graph&utm_campaign=vanity_page%3E.