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Bowl-a-thon fundraiser in Moore will help Norman woman

A Norman woman who is the recipient of a liver transplant will benefit from a bowl-a-thon in Moore on April 21 to raise money for her medical expenses.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:57 pm •  Published: April 13, 2013

Volunteers with the National Foundation for Transplants will hold a bowl-a-thon from 2 to 5 p.m. April 21 at AMF Bowling Center, 420 SW 6 St. in Moore, to help a Norman woman defray the cost of a liver transplant.

Sherrie Autry received a liver transplant in February. While she is thrilled by her second chance at life, she faces a lifetime of expenses to ensure her new liver stays healthy.

Autry, 58, was diagnosed in 2001 with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a disease that caused her liver's bile ducts to swell and scar.

The average liver transplant costs about $575,000, said Kay Horne, fundraising consultant for the National Foundation of Transplants.

Even though Autry's insurance covered the cost of the transplant, she faces significant medical expenses related to the surgery, Horne said, and will need a lifetime of follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications.

When Autry turned for help to the National Foundation for Transplants, volunteers organized the bowl-a-thon. Entry is $30 per bowler, and each participant will bowl three games. The event will include a silent auction.

For more information, call Debra Lewis at 850-0373. To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Autry, send it to the NFT Oklahoma Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Write “in honor of Sherrie Autry” on the memo line.

Secure donations can be made online at Donors should click on “Find an NFT Patient” to locate Autry.