Blaine mother donates kidney
By Tara Nelson
Blaine resident Lorrie Zehler is organizing a fundraising event Friday June 23 to raise money to give her daughter one of her kidneys.
Her daughter, Peyton Zehler, 7, was born with focal segmental glomerular sclerosis, a genetic disorder that prevents her kidneys from filtering the body’s impurities properly.
As a result, Peyton has never made it through an entire school year. She is currently homeschooled and must undergo routine cumbersome health proceedures.
Peyton is scheduled to have her kidney removed later this month and will have regular dialysis until the transplant, which is scheduled for August 16.
Zehler said Peyton is “sort of a tomboy” and loves riding bikes, fishing and swimming, but most of all, playing with her brothers, Loren, 13 and Cameron, 5.
“Peyton is so tenacious,” she said. “She is an amazingly strong, intelligent, and beautiful child.”
Zehler said she is looking forward to her daughter being able to complete those activities without becoming sick. “It’s amazing to know that I’ll have a major surgery from which I’ll recover from in a matter of weeks and that Peyton will be feeling better almost immediately,” she said. “I’m absolutely looking forward to that.”
The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 23, at 9141 Spooner Creek Lane and will include a jewelry sale, raffle drawings, live performances by female vocalist Corre Tocco, as well as dessert and wine.
The more than 30 raffle prizes include a mini vacation, Escape Day Spa package, a hand-made queen-sized quilt, gift certificates to local restaurants, and a night at the Semiahmoo Resort. Tickets can be purchased for $2 each, $5 for three and other bulk discounts.
Zehler said individuals can also make donations at any U.S. Bank branch. For more information, call 360/920-8952 or visit www.peytonskidneys.com.