The wind billowed and the kites danced at the fifth annual Kites for Kidneys fundraiser held at Haddam Meadows State Park this weekend.
Men, women, kids and babies watched and participated in the flying of colorful, twirling kites; big kites, small kites and everything in between.
Exhibiting how the professionals do it, the Connecticut Kiters Kite Club was on hand to help with the event, manning several different styles of flying art and working with representative of the National Kidney Foundation, which serves Connecticut and western Massachusetts.
The event was held to raise money for 13 year-old Steven Geromin, of Higganum, who is in desperate need of a kidney transplant.
The day’s fundraiser brought in a total of $1,000 which will be donated to the National Kidney Foundation, to help offset the cost associated with Geromin’s kidney transplant.
“Once in a while a fundraiser has to be fun also,” said Jon Dolittle, of Middletown, the fundraiser’s chairman. “This event is always a good time for everyone involved and we are all grateful to be helping Steven in any way we can. The family is a wonderful family and that is why I keep doing this.”
Traditionally, the event is held each year at the end of April to commemorate when Geromin first found out, several years ago, that he needed a new kidney. Currently, there are approximately 1,000 others in Connecticut also in need of a kidney transplant. The average wait time for any organ is three to five years, said Mena Fiore, of the National Kidney Foundation. Only Yale New Haven Hospital and Hartford Hospital perform kidney transplants in this state.
The mission of the National Kidney Foundation is to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of those affected by these diseases and to increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.
“We have several fundraisers coming up in the near future to help raise more money for our cause,” Fiore said. “There is a walk scheduled for May 15th at the New Haven Light House Park and on June 12th a walk will be held at the University of Hartford.”
For more information visit http://www.kidneyct.org.