Local nurse Steve Kasper has taken care of the community for several years, but now seeks aid from the community he selflessly served.
A benefit Christmas concert featuring local lay-minister and gospel singer, Don Blair, is to be held at St. Bernard Church on Kasper’s behalf. The concert will also feature singer and musician Joel Golden. Doors for the event will open at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 with the concert beginning at 7 p.m.
“The concert will feature Christian music with Old Time Christmas Songs,” Kasper stated.
Before Kasper moved to the area he was a nurse for 14 years at St. Vincent Physician Practices in Erie. Since moving to Bradford he has nursed the community, working for Bradford Regional Medical Center, Dr. Paul Kirsch’s office and Dr. Gloria Ziblich’s office in Eldred until he became disabled and retired.
Kasper said he retired from nursing because his “kidneys have been failing for approximately two years as a result of being diabetic since I was teenager” before continuing on to explain the need for his upcoming surgery, “I went on dialysis in March of this year and just became active on the transplant list after a lot of blood work and testing.”
Since Kasper is now officially registered on the transplant list, with a potential donor, to receive a kidney he will need financial assistance with expenses which will accrue during and after the upcoming surgery.
Kasper’s upcoming surgery will take roughly three hours to complete and take place at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Hamot in Erie with a surgeon from Pittsburgh.
“As an impending donor recipient the surgery can take happen at anytime when a kidney would become available,” Kasper said. He is lucky enough to have a living donor and is currently awaiting to see if she will match his blood and tissue types.
Concert organizers are asking adult patrons for a $10 donation while children under the age of 12 are welcomed, free of charge.
Any person who wishes to donate to Kasper’s cause can do so, at any time, by visiting the fundraiser on his personal Facebook page or call (814) 331-2619, before the benefit concert, and donate a basket to be raffled.
If any person is inspired and selfless enough to become a living donor, they can contact the UPMC Hamot Transplant Program at (814) 877-3625 or toll free at (844) 426-6822.