#Activate10: Funds being raised for Lander local David Dempster

Our community is large and wildly diverse, which is at the same time our strength and our weakness. #Activate10 is a movement seeking to increase communication between individuals and organizations across Fremont County and to promote positive action in our communities.

If you’ve spent any time in Lander, David Dempster has very likely introduced himself to you. He is always outgoing, typically has a story or a joke, and loves the Denver Broncos.

David Dempster

After a recent doctor’s appointment, the Dempster family was informed David is in Stage 5 Kidney Disease. He is a few months away from starting dialysis, which can hopefully be done locally, David’s mom Debra shared. In the meantime, there are multiple trips around the state to see David’s specialists. They are also waiting on results to confirm he is eligible for a transplant.

While they are waiting to confirm his eligibility, those interested in being a living kidney donor can visit the UCH Transplant Website or call (702) 848-0855 to find out if you are eligible, Debra explained.

The family has set up a donation fund at Atlantic City Federal Credit Union (ACFCU). Fortunately, the majority of his medical needs are covered, Debra noted, but the travel, lodging, and meals are not. They also want the community to know that if there is money left over after David is finished with his medical treatment, they plan to pay it forward to another family in need.

If you would like to make a donation at ACFCU, you can visit any of their three locations in Fremont County and donate to the fund for David Dempster.

David is an Elks member of the Lander BPOE Lodge #2317. They are organizing a Spaghetti Dinner with Silent, and Live Auctions benefit for David on Saturday, March 21st starting at 5:30 pm. It will be held at the Lodge on Lincoln Street in Lander. The most up-to-date information can be found on the Lander Elks Lodge Facebook page.

David also happens to be an actor for Communal Pankcake Performing Arts. They are also planning a fundraiser for David this spring. Details are not finalized yet, but they will be shared on the Communal Pancake Performing Arts Facebook page.

David’s mom shared that anyone is welcome to host fundraisers and asks that the money raised be put into the ACFCU account. She also explained that David is very anxious about what is going on with him, and is very bummed he will not be able to participate in upcoming Special Olympics games. Deb has asked folks to send him cards or letters of encouragement. They can be mailed to P.O. Box 344, Lander, WY 82520.

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