A YOUNG man waiting for a kidney transplant is fulfilling a longstanding ambition by organising a fundraising evening for charity.
Dialysis patient Dylan Lewis, 19, of Talwrn Road, Coedpoeth, is currently waiting for the transplant.
He has been receiving treatment at Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool for six years.
For years Dylan vowed after getting a new kidney he would organise a fundraiser for Alder Hey’s renal unit, to thank everyone for the excellent care and help he and his family have been given.
But Dylan has decided instead of waiting for a transplant he will now go right ahead with the charity benefit.
He is organising a special evening that promises to be a feast of marvellous music.
He will take on DJ duties and hold a disco, while popular singer Davi Chris will take to the stage to delight the audience with his outstanding voice.
“Alder Hey has looked after me brilliantly and I want to say thank you to everyone there,” said Dylan. “I am currently on a waiting list for a kidney transplant and that could take place at any time. I’ve decided I wanted to do a fundraiser now.
“I love music and have already done discos for family and friends.
“I’d also like to thank Davi Chris so much for agreeing to take part. He is a family friend who does a lot for charity and is a very popular singer with a wonderful voice.”
Dylan had a kidney and liver transplant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in 2007.
The liver proved a success but the kidney failed and was removed in 2008.
He needed 12 months to build up his strength again and has been on the waiting list for a new kidney since 2009.
Talking about his experiences, Dylan said: “You just get on with it. I try to do as much as I can.
“I’m looking forward to the fundraising evening. There is a lot of interest being shown.”
Dylan stopped going to the children’s hospital in June last year and receives dialysis at the Maelor Hospital.
The fundraising evening will take place at the Brymbo Sports and Social Complex on Saturday, April 5 at 7pm.
Admission will be £3, pay on the door.