A LOUTH man who received a kidney donation from his wife is organising a fundraiser in Cooley during Organ Donor Awareness Week.
Augustine (Gus) Goss and his wife, Catherine, from Kilcurry are holding a Golf Classic on Friday, April 29 in Greenore Golf Club.
The event is being held to celebrate the first anniversary of the success of Catherine’s donation of a kidney to Gus which took place at Beaumont Hospital on April 26, 2021.
“People have really thrown their support behind this event. It’s fabulous and I’m so grateful to everyone,” said Gus.
“I’m so glad to be back, as I didn’t think I would make it to be honest. But I stuck to the renal diet and did seven months of dialysis.”
Gus and Catherine have two sons, Pierce and Liam, who were a great support to them. Gus also praised their son’s girlfriends, Denise Buckley and Aimee Hanlon, for all they did for them.
“They were always available to help us and we had a lot of neighbours who came and dropped over food. It was just a super response,” he said.
“I’m a member of the Lions Club and I was inspired to do something to give back to those in need.”
Gus and Catherine want to shine a light on the importance of organ donation for transplantation and acknowledge the important and life-saving work done by the transplant and dialysis teams in Beaumont hospital.
They also want to raise the profile of the services offered by the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) whilst also raising funds to support their continued delivery.
The 4-ball scramble event has attracted a lot of support with over 45 teams signed up to take part and 100 plus sponsors.
Gus is very appreciative of the support from kidney transplant recipient Stella Hoey, from Laytown, Bettystown who has been working alongside him to ensure the success of the event. Stella and Gus both share a passion for golf.
The first time they met was while in hospital a few days after Stella underwent a kidney transplant from a deceased donor and Gus and Catherine were about to undergo a living donor kidney transplant.
Gus was anxious about the operations that he and his wife Catherine were about to undergo and Stella, a former secretary at Laytown Golf Club, helped put his mind at rest.
Gus (65) had become very unwell in 2019 as he was heading towards kidney failure but under the care of Prof Conlon and staff at Beaumont Hospital including dietitians, for whom he has great praise, he managed to stave off dialysis for some time meaning that he only had to undergo dialysis at home (seven nights a week) for seven months.
Mr Colin White, National Advocacy and Projects Manager, Irish Kidney Association and Team Manager for Transplant Team Ireland said: “The Irish Kidney Association is delighted that the kidney donation and transplantation between Catherine and Gus has been such a great success and we are very happy that Gus is joining Transplant Team Ireland to play golf internationally and Catherine is also joining as a supporter. It will be great to have them both as part of our ‘extended family’ of Transplant Team Ireland.”
Gus concluded: “I’d like to thank the hospital staff, the players and sponsors for all their help and support.”