Cottage Grove Man Faces Third Transplant

Updated: 08/19/2013 8:01 PM By: Jessica Miles

A Cottage Grove man is facing his third transplant in just 13 years. Jim Gorbunow was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of six.

He managed it for more than 20 years, but in Aug. of 2000 learned his kidneys were shutting down. He had a kidney and pancreas transplant in Dec. of 2000.

Six years later, he needed a new pancreas and now his donated kidney is slowing down. That means another transplant is necessary.

"It worries me, it can't be good for the body to be opened up so many times," said Gorbunow.
The average cost of a kidney transplant is more than $250,000.

For the Gorbunows, it's a daunting future, not only looking for another kidney donor, but also paying for the transplant.

There will be a 1950's style car wash in St. Paul Park this Sunday, Aug. 25 from noon until 6 p.m. at the Broadway Bar and Grill.

Click here for more information on that benefit. There is also one planned for Sept. in Bloomington. You can also go online.

You can also send a tax-deductible donation to: National Foundation for Transplants, NFT Minnesota Transplant Fund, In honor of Jim Gorbunow, 5350 Poplar Ave. Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119

You can also go online.

To find out if you're a match for Jim call 612-672-7270 or 612-625-7010.