Ada — Family and friends of Darrell Hooser of Ada are asking for donations to help him pay for a kidney and pancreas transplant that is critical to his survival.
Hooser is an Ada resident who graduated from Latta High School.
In 2013, he learned his kidneys were failing. While awaiting a transplant, he endures dialysis treatments, which take a toll on his quality of life, family members report.
The average kidney/pancreas transplant costs approximately $475,000. To be added to the transplant waiting list, Hooser must begin fundraising to prove he can afford the necessary post-transplant medications and travel expenses.
Although health insurance will cover the cost of the transplant itself, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery and will also need a lifetie of follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. The medications are costly and are as important to Hooser's survival as the surgery itself.
When he receives a transplant, Hooser will have to temporarily relocate to be closer to the hospital during recovery.
Hooser's health has forced him to leave his fulltime job, adding to the financial strain.
The family's personal goal is to help Hooser raise $25,000 toward his medical expenses.
Those who wish to donate to the Darrell Hooser fund can make a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Hooser at http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/ccp
Type in Darrell Hooser's name at the website and Ada, Oklahoma, and it will take you to Hooser's patient page for donations.
You may also make a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Hooser by mail:
NFT Oklahoma Transplant Fund
5350 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38119
Be sure to write "in honor of Darrell Hooser" on the memo line of the check.