HAMPTONVILLE — An organ donation awareness event is scheduled at the Alpha and Omega Corn Maze on April 8 for a Yadkin County pre-teen facing some very serious health challenges. At age 11, Isaac Shore was diagnosed with end stage renal failure in both kidneys.
Shore must undergo 10 hours of dialysis each night. He spent six weeks at Brenner Children’s Hospital in the spring of 2016, but is now at home. His aunt, Nicole Shore, stated that Isaac is on the donor register awaiting a kidney, but that a live donor for the kidney would be most advantageous for Isaac, given his young age.
A kidney from a matching live donor would likely last Isaac 15 to 20 years, whereas a donor kidney would likely last only 10 or 15 years. Nicole Shore said the approval process is very strict for live donors as it is imperative that the live donor be in good health to ensure their safety in donating the organ. Several family members were tested to see if they were a match for Isaac, but they were not.
Nicole Shore said part of the goal for the April 8 event is to bring awareness for organ donation as well as a Live/Paired Donor Exchange program for live kidney donors that would match eligible donors with other kidney-seeking families willing to donate a kidney.
Isaac is a history buff and enjoys learning about World War II history in particular. Nicole Shore said for the most part Isaac appears healthy and is able to do many things a normal 12-year old would. He does, however, tire very easily due to his condition. He will be 13 in May and is enrolled with home-bound school through Starmount Middle School.
“He misses his friends, but the strain of dialysis and being sick makes him very tired,” Nicole Shore said.
Mission Isaac, the awareness event on April 8, will be a fun-filled day of activities including food and music. Attendees may enjoy the Alpha and Omega Corn Maze attractions including a bounce house, bounce pillow, pipe world, animal viewing and barrel train. Throughout the event, several speakers will share their stories of receiving a kidney from a live donor or their experience of donating a kidney. Other fun activities for the kids will include balloons, photo booth and face painting. Concessions will be open all day and a 50/50 raffle ticket sale will include a variety of door prizes.
“We hope this fun day will bring awareness to organ donation in general as well as to bring awareness to live donor awareness and hopefully lead to finding a kidney for Isaac,” Nicole Shore said.
All fundraising efforts will be used to help Isaac in his ongoing battle with kidney disease and any funds not used immediately will be held in an account for him as he likely will need multiple transplants during his lifetime.
For more on Isaac Shore’s story, visit facebook.com/missionisaac/. Mission Isaac will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on April 8 at the Alpha & Omega Corn Maze, located at 1105 Cheek Road in Hamptonville.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.