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Bake sale to aid transplant patient

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A bake sale is planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Edinburgh Premium Outlets to benefit an Edinburgh woman who received a kidney from her daughter.

Anna Rhoades was diagnosed with Stage 5 renal disease in 2003.

Her kidney function had deteriorated over the past 11 years, and a transplant was crucial to the 74-year-old’s survival.


Diana Boggs, Rhoades’ daughter, was identified as a perfect donor match.

The two were released from the hospital just four days after the June 25 surgery and are doing well, said Rhoades’ daughter Carla Meyer.

Rhoades is up and moving, Meyer said, and her specialist has been “really impressed with her progress.”

The doctor already has taken Rhoades off some of her kidney medication and could be transitioning to having less frequent appointments sooner than expected, Meyer said.

Boggs is back home in Tennessee and expects to be able to go back to work Monday, Meyer said.

The family has raised close to $7,000 so far to help pay for Rhoades’ costly anti-rejection medication and other post-surgery medical needs, she said.

The Rhoades family is grateful for all of the prayers and financial support they have received so far, Meyer said — but “every penny counts,” and they still have a long way to go before reaching their goal of $25,000.

Family members hope to get a bit closer to that goal during the fundraiser, she said. At the fundraiser, people will be able to buy various baked treats and cold drinks, and enter in drawings for restaurant gift cards. They also will be able to go through the Indianapolis Colts-in-Motion interactive trailer, which will be at the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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