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September 4, 2019 Page 7C iR l orter By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef When God speaks, Margie Bry- ant listens. On a Sunday morning a few weeks ago she was still in bed when she knew that she should do something for Donna Wilson and A.J. Jefferson. Donna gave one of her kidneys on Aug. 16 so that A.J who had been on the kidney donor list for two years and had been on dialysis for nine hours a day since June, could get a kidney, which he did on Aug. 15. Margie had the vision that she wanted to have a Fashion/Talent Show that would bring the com- munity together for an evening of fire while it gave people a chance to do something for Donna and A.J. She got busy and, with the help ofalot of volunteers and sponsors, put together the Fashion/ Talent Show Fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 24. On Aug. 28 Margie present- ed checks for $1,500 each to Donna and the fam ofA.I. at United Bank of Forsyth. Her goal for the fundraiser was $3,000. She was just a little short, but donors stepped up to makeup the difference. As principal of Mary Persons, Dr. M,wgie said she Jim Finch's wardrobe is graded knows there by 1,200 teenagers each day. are things that (Photo/Curtis Jenkins) A.J. and Donna need and things that will make them more comfortable as they recover, and these checks will help provide them. Margie said she told Donna to have someone come dean and do housekeeping for her during the six to eight weeks she is not supposed to do any heavy lifting. Donna was able to come to United Bank to accept the check. She said she is re- covering well and is working from home. Her husband, Jeff, is telling her not to dotoo much. A.J s grandparents, Rosemary and Kenny Walker, accepted the check for him. He is still at Children's Hospital as the medical staffmoni- tors him to make sure his body is accepting his new kidney. Rose- mary said A.J. would like to come to Mary Persons first home football game on Aug. 30, but his doctors have told him that he should stay away from crowds and public areas to avoid exposure to viruses and infections that his body is not ready to fight right now. Rosemary said A.J. is known as the "Big Kid" at Children's Hospi- tal because at 6'5", about 200 pounds, the 16-year-old is considerably larger than most of the other patients. She said the hospi- tal removed the footboard from his bed to make it fit him better. She said he is doing well but wants to come home. Donna, a mother of four, heard about A.J1s need for a kid- ney and, although she did not know him personally, she volunteered to be tested to see if she would be a match. Of 19 possible donors who volun- teered, Donna was the closest match and went through several months of follow-up testing and counseling. When she was told that her kidney was not a dose enough match to be more than a two or three-year solution for A.J she advocated that they register with the pair-a-donor database. Through it she agreed to give her kidney to someone on the Pastor Jarvis Barrion modeled his own brand of clothing. (Photo/Curtis Jenkins) Pictured, left to right, are Dr. Margie Bryant, Anita Mathis, Donna Wilson and Marilyn Smith. list if A.J. got a kidney that was a Sponsors of the Fashion/Talent Caldwell, Rayceen King, Mary : closer match. Within two weeks a Show included: Pastor Nathan Goodman Watts, Roxie Dewberr kidney was found for A.J. Gordon, Southern Smiles, All State- Tangi Smith, George Moreland, With both surgeries successful Jane Penniugton, Rev. Charles Juanita White, Dr. Linda Thomas, . so far for Donna, who like Margie Dumas & St. Luke A.M.E. Church, Angda Boykin, Julius Yates, lives in Culloden, and A.J Margie Margie Bittick, Leighanne Mitchell, Doris Gantto Tommy Chambliss, fdt her call to do something spedal Candice Lewis, Preston & Sally JackieSmith, EulaBrown, Jordan for them. She first thought of using Bentley, Trae & LaToya Johnson, McCord, Jalen McCord, Johnnie the old schoolhouse in CuUoden Pastor David Blalock, Dr. Mike Sylvain, Melvin Lawrence, Jackie for the event but then had the op- I-tickman, Jr Dr. Welton O'Neal, Jordan Holmes, Armisha Smith, portunity to move it to the bigger Dr. Margie Bryant. Dorothy Worthy, Pastor Hildridge : Board of Education auditorium in Pastor Rufus Whatley, Union Bush, Marilyn Smith, Minnie ." Forsyth. Margie expressed particu- Hill Baptist Church, Culloden Goolsby, Alberta Love, Joseph & lar appreciation for Mary Persons Volunteer Fire Dept Belinda Pena- Farrie Smith, Catherine Mays, ': Principal Dr. Jim Finch and Mon- mon, Pastor Cleveland Jarrell & Alice Robinson, Renee Rutherford ' roe County Schools Superinten- Greater Friendship, Ralph Moore, -Hickrnan, Sara Jean Ray, Cynthia "' dent Dr. Mike Hickman; they both Pastor Leonard & Wrights Grove Gray, Chief Ben Ponder, Donation contributed their time and great Baptist Church, Lisa Hichkad, of corsages: The Flower Shoppe- stage presence as models and also Pastor Michael Davis & St. Phil- Cherylyn Baggarley (Macon). helped to pull the event together, lip A.M.E. Church, Pastor Lesia Event Helpers: Yvonne McGhee, She said the whole Hickman family Atwater &Judah Ministry, Project Anita Mathis, Angela Watson, was very supportive. Impact & Colette Chambliss, Alvin Danita Harvey, Gwen Byrd. Margie reached out tO individu: Smith. ."I thank you for the generous als, churches and other organize- Donations: Hazel Barkle% Con- donations given and for the partici- tions and advertised the Fashion/ nie Gantt, Miriam Rails Smith, pants who donated their time and Talent Show by word of mouth and Freida Barkle); Bobby Smith, Jenise talents rendered for a great cause ' Facebootc Watts, Georgia Freeman, Grady said Margie. "Everybody was giving me ideas ' said Margie. "We had fun. 3-his is just the way the Lord uses me" The Mistress of Ceremonies was Pamela Brown. Austin Walker of DJ85 Entertainment provided music. There was entertainment by mimes Jasmine Moore and Brandon Moore and the Foxx City Line Dancers. Martha McAfee was the audience participation dance leader. In addition to Finch and Hick- man, other, fashion models were Coach Brian Nelson, Kenneth Walker, Cindy Mombler, Pastor Cleveland Jarrell, Pastor Tyrone & Elect Lady Betty Harris, Pastor Jarvis Barrion, Rev. Dr. Barbara Stewart Reid, Charlie Smith, Justin & Kaylah Castlin, Janet Smith- Bush, Xanthe Jihan Hood, Gracey Burney-Carswell, Alicia Beckham, Twyla S. Holmes, Mable Bentley, Minister Rickey Manning, Hsa McIntosh, Christine Penning- ton, Lady Sham Fletcher, Collette Chambliss and Della Bradley:. Pictured, left to right, are Yvonne McGhee, Rosemary Walker, Anita Mathis, Dr. Margie Bryant, Marilyn Smith and Kenny Walker. Georgia Power Regional Vice Presi- dent Ron Shipman and Extemal Af- fairs Manager Cassandra Cox recently presented a donation of $25,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia. The support from Georgia Power will provide care and support for families of seriously ill, critically injured or medically fragile children being treated at area medical facili- ties, including the new Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital in Macon. The non-profit is in the process of completing its building expansion to support even more children who are receiving care at the hospital and their families. Since opening in 2002, the Ronald McDonald House has served over 6,500 families for over 57,000 nights, from 131 Georgia counties, 28 states and eight countries. The Georgia Power Company and the Georgia Power Foundation are committed to improving the health of the state's communities and the well- Ron Shipman and Cassandra Cox of Georgia Power (center holding check) pres- ent a $25,000 donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ga. being of its citizens. The company and the foundation partner with organiza- tions and programs designed to meet a variety of community, family and individual needs. In 2018, Geor- gia Power and the Georgia Power Foundation contributed more than $5 million to health and human services organizations and non-profits across the state. 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