A series of summer barbecues in Cottonwood to help Parker resident Alan Lammle get a much-needed organ transplant. Lammle’s wife, Amy Simons, says she is new to fundraiser planning, but it trying to rally as many people as …
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What’s happeningA series of summer barbecues in Cottonwood to help Parker resident Alan Lammle get a much-needed organ transplant. Lammle’s wife, Amy Simons, says she is new to fundraiser planning, but it trying to rally as many people as she can to support her husband by attending charity barbecues throughout the summer, starting with gatherings from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 13 and June 14 at the Cottonwood East Park playground area near the pavilion. Additional barbecues will be July 12 and Aug. 9 at the same park.Local businesses are also chipping in with silent auction items, gift cards and donations of food. Texas Roadhouse will donate 10 percent of its proceeds from sales June 22, and Firehouse Subs in Parker will donate 15 percent of its proceeds on June 30.Why he needs the transplantLammle, 53, experienced the “unlikely, one in a billion chance, of having a glob of triglycerides go on a traveling expedition and block a duct” to his pancreas, causing severe pancreatitis, he said. He was put into a medically induced coma for a month and has since had several pancreatic attacks, resulting in Type 1 diabetes. Lammle has only 3 percent of his pancreas remaining and needs a transplant.The family is awaiting a phone call from the University of Minnesota Medical Center sometime in the next five to 11 months and will leave on the first flight they can find out of Denver. Lammle and Simons will have to stay in a hotel next door to the hospital for at least six weeks.How to help outThe couple is trying to raise money to pay for travel and lodging expenses associated with their upcoming trip to Minnesota for the transplant. Insurance will cover many of the costs for the operation, but Lammle and Simons also will have out-of-pocket expenses for six months’ worth of anti-rejection drugs, which could cost $5,000 to $6,000 per month.The family has set up a fundraising account at https://helphopelive.org/campaign/8797 to make donating easier, and those who go to the barbecues can contribute money, food, coolers or other supplies.Financial help is appreciated, but moral support is also welcomed.“It doesn’t have to be a monetary donation. It can be ideas, volunteering,” Simons said.To get involved, contact Simons at 303-220-1320 or by email at Amy@amyjanesimons.com.
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