Fundraiser to help former area man needing liver transplant

Dennis Nostrant owned and operated the Sports Center Tavern in Dayton and lived near Waitsburg.

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WAITSBURG -- Accidents by their very nature happen when you least expect them. But for Dennis Nostrant, a long-ago motorcycle crash in Kennewick was especially ill-timed.

The accident happened in 1979, three years before donated blood was filtered for contamination. He suffered broken legs from the wreck and spent a year in a body cast.

In the course of treatment, he received blood transfusions, which it turned out contained contaminants that ultimately resulted in liver damage.

Friends and family of the former Waitsburg-area resident are hoping to help with the out-of-pocket expenses for a liver transplant.

A dinner and silent auction will be held Saturday at the Waitsburg Fairgrounds.

Proceeds from the event will go to the National Transplant Fund in Nostrant's name. The fund works to raise money and administer funds for medical expenses of patients and living donors not covered by insurance. It provides assurance of fiscal accountability in the collection, management and disbursement of funds raised.

In the 1980s, Nostrant owned and operated the Sports Center Tavern in Dayton. He married, and eventually moved his family to Stonecipher Road near Waitsburg.

He worked in construction, and when an opportunity arose to be a partner in a construction business in the Spokane area arose, he moved north, according to his sister Sue Skeeters of Prescott. He now lives in Thornton, south of Colfax.

Nostrant continues to work five days a week, although periodically experiences symptoms related to the liver malfunction.

Occasionally he experiences confusion and short-term memory loss when ascites levels (fluids accumulation in the abdominal cavity) are elevated. He also has stomach pain, leg cramps, and exhaustion, his sister said.

Nostrant will have the transplant at the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle. When he is cleared to receive a transplant, he will carry a phone constantly, and will have an hour to decide whether he wants the liver or to reject it.

Nostrant has insurance that will cover much of the transplant costs, but hospitalization could be as little as five days or up to a year. He will remain in Seattle for at least three months following release from the hospital.

Post-transplant drugs, including anti-rejection drugs that cost $1,400 per month, are also part of the expenses. He will also require in-home care while he recovers, his sister said.

The fundraiser begins at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $6 for children, with those under 6 free.

Dinner menu is pulled pork sandwiches, veggie burgers, potato salad, baked beans and coleslaw.

Silent auction items include art by Joyce and Randy Klassen, jewelry, themed gift baskets, a weekend vacation package, 12 gallons of Sherwin and Williams paint, a round of golf for two with cart at the Moses Lake Golf Course and quilted items. There will be a table with items of interest to children.

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