By Gabe Licht
DELANO, MN Following a successful kidney transplant, a benefit is being planned for Saturday, Feb. 13, to help Brandon Gusse and his family cover the costs associated with the procedure and subsequent doctor appointments.
In 2000, Gusse, of Delano, learned he had IgA nephropathy. The condition causes immunoglobulin A to lodge in a kidney, resulting in inflammation that may hamper a kidney’s ability to filter waste, excess water, and electrolytes from blood.
He began taking anti-rejection medication and learned in June 2015 that he would need a kidney transplant.
“It’s a five- to seven-year wait unless you have a living donor, which I was fortunate to have,” Gusse said.
His cousin’s girlfriend, Lorea Carlson, stepped forward to see if she might be a match.
“We were over at my parents’ house. She said, ‘I’m type O; I’ll get checked,” Gusse said. “They put her through the ringer to make sure she was a match.”
Once the match was confirmed, the transplant was scheduled for October, and went off without a hitch.
“My body has responded very well,” Gusse said. “All the levels are where they’re supposed to be. They watch you like a hawk for three to four months. I’m going all the time to get blood tested and things like that.”
He hopes to return to work as an electrician in March.
In the meantime, the benefit will help raise funds for the family.
It will take place at 1 p.m. at Rockford Township Hall and will include a meal, a drawing for a 40-inch TV, a live auction, silent auction, bake sale, raffles, and games.
Auction items include fishing trips, guns, Wild and Timberwolves tickets, and a sleigh ride from Independence Horse & Carriage Co.
Presale tickets are preferred and may be purchased by calling Joe Becker at (612) 750-6807, Wendie Scanlon at (612) 978-3483, Gaylen Hayes at (612) 685-3779, or by contacting Darlene Hayes at email@example.com or (612) 270-2316.