Tuesday, February 18 2014, 03:09 PM EST
Community Helps Chattanooga Man Receive Kidney Transplant
Charles Adamson met many new friends last summer at a meeting, the sole purpose was to bring black and white residents in Chattanooga together. It ended up doing much more than that, and Sunday night was testament to that.
A gospel concert fundraiser was held to help Adamson receive a kidney transplant, and his daughter could not be happier.
"I'm just so happy to have my dad with me and he doesn't have to lose this battle," Lauren said.
Charles has been battling kidney failure for several years, now his new friends are working to raise $25,000 so he can have his transplant this year.
"When I look at it, it's really a bigger picture. It's not just me, it has involved my daughter and has brought all of us together," said Adamson. "Having different friendships and relationships with people across the cities."
Charles met Curtis and Suzy Baggett last summer at the meeting. They were quick friends, and the Baggett's decided to help chair the fundraising efforts for Charles' transplant.
"The relationship blossomed because Suzy and I decided it wasn't going to be very meaningful unless we could get into Charles' world," said Curtis Baggett.
Both families are grateful for their new friendship and for crossing racial boundaries we sometimes forget still linger.
"Stepping out, and seeing that there are all kinds of wonderful people in this world," said Suzy Baggett. "And if we stay in our comfort zones, sometimes we miss out on the greatest blessings."
Those at the concert agreed, and were hoping for a huge crowd to celebrate and support.
"I'm hoping that the fire marshal will come, and try to close us down," said Freddie Brooks, the community relations coordinator for the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters. "I think this is a community need that we need to rally behind."
You can help by going to www.transplants.org and searching for Charles Adamson under "Find an NFT Patient."