Newcomb friends plan kidney foundation fund-raiser

An all-you-can-eat chicken and brisket dinner, live music, cornhole and a silent auction on Sunday, Nov. 5, will raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation. Organizers are (front) Dennis Newcomb; (second row, from left) Brenda Rosen and Sabrina Newcomb; (third row, from left) Kara Asbury, Heather Byrne, Michelle Lewis and Steph Foley; and (fourth row, from left) Monica Brown, Jessica Rockwood, Raelynn Brown, Troy Williams, Norm Sisemore, Kim Hattendorf, Racquel Mills and Stefanie Williams. Not pictured are Larry Rosen Jr., Jami Okuly, Matt Okuly, Mary Musselman, Rufuss McKee and Larry Rosen III.
An all-you-can-eat chicken and brisket dinner, live music, cornhole and a silent auction on Sunday, Nov. 5, will raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation. Organizers are (front) Dennis Newcomb; (second row, from left) Brenda Rosen and Sabrina Newcomb; (third row, from left) Kara Asbury, Heather Byrne, Michelle Lewis and Steph Foley; and (fourth row, from left) Monica Brown, Jessica Rockwood, Raelynn Brown, Troy Williams, Norm Sisemore, Kim Hattendorf, Racquel Mills and Stefanie Williams. Not pictured are Larry Rosen Jr., Jami Okuly, Matt Okuly, Mary Musselman, Rufuss McKee and Larry Rosen III. Photo provided.

Friends and family members of a Huntington man who has had two kidney transplants in the past 10 years are organizing a fund-raiser — complete with food, music and a silent auction — to benefit the National Kidney Foundation.

Dennis Newcomb, the local transplant recipient, will be helping cook the brisket and the chicken for the all-you-can-eat dinner on Sunday, Nov. 5. The meal will be served from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at iAB financial bank Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Diners will be entertained with live music by the band Wehr Rock of Elders. A cornhole tournament and silent auction will also take place during the afternoon.

Discounted tickets may be purchased in advance at the Market Street Bar, 39 E. Market St., Huntington. Full price tickets will be available at the door.

Newcomb’s family owns the Market Street Bar, which will also host a pool tournament on Saturday, Nov. 4, to raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation.

Newcomb has a rare kidney disease — FSGS, or focal segmental glomerulosclerosis — and, before his first kidney transplant in 2009, his kidneys were functioning at only 35 percent. The first kidney, which was received from a live donor, was damaged by an episode of rejection two years after the transplant. Because of that damage, Newcomb knew he would need another new kidney at some point in the future.

The second transplant came in October of 2016 and followed some soul searching by Newcomb and his family. Doctors said Newcomb wouldn’t last long with the failing kidney and gave him the option of accepting a  new kidney that was “high risk” — donated by someone with hepatitis C or HIV. Newcomb and his family decided to go with that option, taking the kidney and dealing with the treatment of hepatitis C or HIV after the transplant.

Ultimately, Newcomb did not receive the high risk kidney. An Indiana man died of a massive heart attack and, although the man had not registered as an organ donor, his family agreed to donate his organs. That, Newcomb says, saved four lives — his own, and the lives of the people who received the man’s second kidney, his lungs and his liver.

Because of that, Newcomb says, he’s passionate about making it easier for people to donate organs. Living donors with two healthy kidneys can donate one of the organs. The donor bears none of the cost because the National Kidney Foundation pays for testing, surgery and any complications that may occur.

All of the proceeds from Sunday’s event will go to the National Kidney Foundation to help with those costs.

Sponsors of the benefit are Hoosier Camel Encounter, Vicki Creech, Tiffany’s Cakes, Guy and Julie Dumato, Pearson’s Body Shop, Industrial Fire Services, Great Clips, Jarvis Tattoo, KT Nails, Dyer Health and Wellness, Griff’s, Hibbett Sports, Kaleidoscope Floors and Reckard’s Flooring, Auto Zone, Owen’s South, DeWeese Soft Water & Appliances, Markle Health & Rehabilitation, 2 Vets Lawn Management, Johnson Petroleum Trading Post, Stanz, Beckler Power Equipment, Jimmy’s Barbershop, Ace Hardware, PJ’s Entertainment, Legends Sports Bar, PJ’s Paesan’s Pizza, Rainbow Lanes, Grand Rental Station, Check Into Cash, Market Street, Ann Byrne and many others who are donating baked goods.