Benefit for transplant patient

March 18, 2009 —

Having an organ transplant is scary.
Donating an organ is scary.
Donating an organ for your own son’s transplant must be dreadfully frightening.

It’s also expensive. And for that reason, and to show our support, my husband & I will be at the “Transplant for Trae” benefit on Saturday. 

Trae is only 17 months old. He was born with a very rare disease. His dad Travis will be donating his own kidney to Trae this month in hopes it will prevent kidney failure and other serious complications down the road.

Travis works with my husband and I know he and his wife Emily would be grateful for your support. They’ve been through so much and it’ll be a long road ahead.

Please check out their story in the Register or Juice & consider attending the fundraiser. It’s a great way to show support for an Iowa family in a difficult time. The deadline for tickets is Friday and it’s only $20 which includes a ticket to see the Iowa Chops.

Iowans are awesome at pitching in to help each other and I know that’s what will happen Saturday. Cya there!


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.

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