The Children’s Organ Transplant Association will be holding a fundraiser dubbed the Cowboy Christmas Ball and Benefit Auction in honor of 14-year-old William Gomersall, a Payette County child in need of a kidney and liver transplant.
William is listed for a kidney and a liver at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Local volunteers are working to raise approximately $50,000 for the association in honor of ‘Team Wil.’ Proceeds from the fundraiser will help with transplant-related expenses.
According to William’s mom, Cyndi Gomersall, the family found out about William’s kidneys starting to fail in the spring of 2015.
“Over the last years they have started to decline more,” said Gomersall. “As for his liver, he was born with a rare disorder called Methylmalonic Acidemia. In other words he’s missing an enzyme in his liver that processes protein. If he gets sick at all he ends up in the hospital on IV’s. It’s very life threatening. That’s why he will be getting a kidney and a liver.”
Although his kidney failure is relatively recent, on William’s fundraiser page it’s noted he has been in and out of the hospital his whole life.
Gomersall points out that is because her son needs more than one organ, and with a live donor there are risks his body would reject the organs.
Despite his circumstances, Gomersall says William remains in good spirits through it all.
“Wil’s scared, but tries not to think about it; Wil is a very spunky, happy kid who loves to play outside. He stands out in a crowd. Every where we go people talk to him.”
Gomersall says that the support her son has received has been a bit much for her to take in, emotionally.
“Everyone has been so generous and giving. We are overwhelmed and very grateful for everything.”
The fundraiser will be held at the Payette County fairgrounds this Saturday evening, and will include a live auction and live music.
“We would love to have everyone just come and celebrate Wil and have a great time!” says Gomersall.