GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – Randy Brabec holds multiple archery records in Colorado, as well as being listed as a National Champion. Now he finds himself on another list: the donor list. The Grand Junction resident is now asking for help from his community.
After a trip of a lifetime hunt in Africa, Brabec was bitten by something that has not been identified. As a result, he came down with an infection that has left him in dire need of a kidney transplant.
“I spent 18 days in the hospital and four of those were in the ICU,” stated Brabec, who is now on kidney dialysis three times a week. He has also endured three operations in an attempt to battle the infection.
After four and a half years, Randy is still searching for a living donor with his rare Type-O blood to to donate a kidney. He was told it could take up to eight years to find a donor.
Now he has to overcome the financial hurdle of raising close to $16,000 to cover costs of the transplant.
To help raise funds, the Brabec family has opened a GoFundMe and is also hosting a benefit event at Red Rock Archery on Dec. 11.