Benefit for Sheriff’s Posse member raises $40k, but more needed

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

July 12, 2007 - Last Friday's fundraiser for Gary "G.W." Moon was a great success, but  the family still has a long way to go before they raise the $215,000 cost get on the organ transplant list, event organizers noted.

"We wanted to let the community know the success of the July 6 benefit," said Pat Johnson, who helped schedule the July 6 benefit for Moon. "Over $40,000 was raised in the last two weeks. That'll help, but we need not stop until the goal is met."

Moon, a longtime member of the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Posse, is in need of a liver transplant and has no insurance due to previous health problems.

"We need to continue to come together to help Gary and his family," said Zane Darling, who also has been helping coordinate fundraisers to benefit the Moon family. "Without it, he won't get on the list, and without that, he won't live."

Moon's friends said that he went for a second round of surgery for hemorrhaging of the esophagus this week. His family explained that the hemorrhaging is a result of liver failure, and said he will continue to have problems and his liver will continue to worsen until he has a transplant.

His family was originally told that he could not be considered for placement on the organ recipient list unless he could show proof that he could come up with $300,000 to pay for the procedure. Over the last week, they have been told he has to have $215,000 in his bank account before they can put him on organ donor recipient list.

That's why Moon's friends and family, and this community continue to pull together their resources to find ways to raise the fund needed to ensure he has a chance at getting on that list for a liver transplant.

This Friday and Saturday, beginning at daybreak, his family and friends will be hosting a huge community garage sale at 137 Oak Grove in Sulphur Springs. All money raised will go directly for medical and associated expenses. Moon's cousins, who are organizing the event, noted that the garage sale fare will include a "little bit of everything" including adult and children's clothing, toys, home decor items, tools and equipment, to name a few.

Also, members of Teen Court have found a way to help. Teen Court will be holding the "1st Annual Blues, Roots & Jazz Fest" at Blue Fountain Cafe Saturday night, and some of Moon's sketches of the Hopkins County Courthouse will be available for bidding at the silent auction, with the proceeds going to the Moon family.

Moon expressed thanks to Teen Court board member June Lucky for including his work in the event, and told her he and his family are "so grateful" for everything the community is doing to help his family with expenses, and indicated even if the work only raised enough to pay the cost of  gasoline to and from the doctors' would be a "great" help.

White wooden crescent moon yard signs with G.W. painted on them are also still available for donations of $15 or $25 each, depending on size. Contact Zane Darling at 903-348-6455 or Pat Johnson Pat Johnson at 903-366-6928 for signs.

Any group, individual, business or family wanting to make a direct monetary donation for Moon can make contributions to the "expenses for G.W. (Gary) Moon Family" at City National Bank in Sulphur Springs.

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