Tybee Island community raises money for small business owner in need of kidney transplant


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TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) – The Tybee Island group is coming collectively to assist one in all their very own. Kelly Swope is the proprietor of Kelly & Firm on the island and has had kidney illness for about 20 years. To be able to assist her with medical wants she’ll have after her transplant, pals and fellow enterprise house owners are doing what Tybee does finest.

“When one in all Tybee has a necessity, we come collectively and make issues occur,” stated Karen Kelly, proprietor of Beachview Inn & Spa.

Within the final two years, Kelly Swope’s kidney operate has gotten worse. She was suggested to get on the transplant listing straight away earlier than she began needing dialysis.

“My operate now’s between 14-17 p.c. At 15 p.c is after they wish to put you on dialysis,” Swope stated.

As a small enterprise proprietor and an energetic Tybee resident, Swope has constructed a bond with the group.

“She’s very beloved and he or she works very laborious to be part of the group,” stated Alaina Loughridge, proprietor of Tybee Beachcomber Journal.

Swope says she’s making an attempt to arrange now for what aftercare will likely be like.

“I wish to make it possible for I can care for myself after the transplant,” stated Swope.

To assist with bills, Swope’s daughter made these stickers to promote on the retailer, and different companies rapidly hopped onboard. The entire proceeds go to the Georgia Transplant Affiliation, which is matching Swope’s donations as much as $10,000.

“The sky is the restrict. We don’t should cease at $10,000,” stated Loughridge.

Fellow Tybee enterprise house owners like Loughridge and Kelly are internet hosting a COVID-friendly occasion on the Beachview Inn to lift further funds for Swope. The occasion will embody meals and silent auctions.

“It’s simply going to be a rocking good evening!” stated Loughridge.

Swope says having the group come collectively for her speaks volumes, particularly throughout a really making an attempt time for everybody.

“To have the group come collectively and do one thing like that is very overwhelming as a result of it’s what I knew Tybee was and it’s how I all the time felt, however to have them do this for me is simply unimaginable,” she stated.

“You hear a necessity and also you make it occur,” stated Kelly.

The occasion is scheduled for Saturday, September 18 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets for the occasion are $30 which incorporates meals and stay leisure. The entire proceeds will go to Kelly Swope. To make a donation, go to kellyneedsakidney.com.

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