Tracy Gibbons loved spending time with her family, especially her husband, parents, sister and nephews. She also enjoyed her job at Comfort Food and BBQ catering business in Huxley. When not working or spending time with her family, you could find her bowling or reading a book. All that became much more difficult when she was diagnosed with Glumerulonephritis, a rare kidney disease that could eventually require dialysis.
The exact cause of Glomerulonephritis is not always known and can occur in people with no history of kidney problems. Tracy experienced abdominal pains, soreness in her joints and shortness of breath among other symptoms.
After a short time on the waiting list, she received the gift of life at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines in the form of a kidney transplant in December. Tracy is now healthy enough to spend time with her family and read again, though bowling might have to wait a few more weeks.
Employees of Mary Greely Medical Center (MGMC) in Ames wanted to do something for a recent organ recipient to show their support for the community. That’s when Jeanne Rogert and Shelby Larson stepped in. Rogert and Larson are members of the MGMC Organ Donation Committee. They set up plans for MGMC’s first ever silent auction and bake sale to benefit Tracy and her family, and it was a huge success.
MGMC in partnership with Iowa Donor Network, the organ and tissue recovery agency for Iowa, will be presenting Tracy with a check at 11 a.m. in the South Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 31. Guest speakers include employees from MGMC, IDN and Tracy’s nephrologists Dr. Jacob Alexander. Refreshments will be provided.