Fund set up for Sheriff’s Posse member needing liver transplant

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

June 21, 2007 - Friends of Gary “G.W.” Moon are rallying to raise funds to help the Hopkins County Sheriff's Posse member and former reserve deputy with medical expenses.

Moon has no medical insurance to help cover the cost of treatment for liver problems and, if a match is found, a transplant.

Moon learned Monday that he will have to have a liver transplant. He went into the hospital about a month ago for hemorrhaging, which has continued to be a problem. Doctors told his family that his liver is not functioning.

"Gary had a massive heart attack five years ago, and could not afford health insurance," Moon's aunt, Gayle Gearner, said. "Gary needs immediate help with donations to cover a liver transplant and medical expenses."

Moon is currently receiving treatment in the intensive care unit at East Texas Medical Center and waiting  for a call from the organ donor registry if a matching liver is available, which family members hope he will be able to afford. They've been told the cost of the transplant alone would be at least $300,000.

�� "It's pretty scary. There are a lot of people on the donor list," said his sister, Teresa Palmer. "Finding a match, there are so many ifs. It's a bad situation. We just have to hope and pray."

Donations to assist Moon may be made to the "expenses for G.W. (Gary) Moon Family" at City National Bank in Sulphur Springs. Yard signs will also soon be available to raise funds. Questions regarding donations, yard signs and the fund may be directed to Zane Darling at 903-885-0401 or 903-348-6455.

Moon has a wife, Rhonda Moon, and four children, Cody, Kasie, Chris and Logan. His parents are Betty and Dudley Moon. He has one brother, Jimmy Moon, and one sister, Teresa Palmer.

"There are people that need help every day," Gearner noted. "This is one of those days in the life of a wonderful man. Gary needs immediate help. He has helped many people in his lifetime. ... We are asking for any donation you can give."

Moon is part of the four-man team that operates Aircraft Components, which makes airplane furniture. He has been a member of Hopkins County Sheriff's Posse, which provides security at events such as rodeos, for 19 1/2 years. Until about 5 years ago, he served as a reserve deputy for Hopkins County Sheriff's Office. He also formerly was a volunteer firefighter for a number of years with Sulphur Springs Fire Department. He is a member of Beckham Baptist Church.

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