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Local firefighter’s motorcycle club helps son of local EMT

Lake Murray, SC - The Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club held the 1st Annual Dan Boyce Memorial poker run on Saturday, July 30th, 2016. A total of 83 bikes, some from as far away as Florida and Rhode Island, participated along with a huge crowd of locals and enjoyed a beautiful ride around Lake Murray. The riders stopped at Moonshiner's, TB'S, Chickadees Diner, and Schooners in Irmo, picking up a poker card at each stop and enjoying the fellowship along the route.

The club has expressed its heartfelt thanks to all of the participants, the bars and restaurants along the route, as well as Chief Mike Sonefeld with the Irmo Fire District in making the ride a success and for their assistance.

This year, the fund raising benefactor is Jason Laymon. Jayson is the 34 year old son of Robert and Eugenia Laymon. Eugenia has been an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for eight years. She has been a dedicated employee with Lexington County EMS, making a difference in the lives of complete strangers, for the last six years. 100% of the NET funds raised will go to a transplant fund for Jason Laymon.

At the age of three, Jason fell ill with a virus that attacked his pancreas. As a result, he became an insulin dependent diabetic requiring a minimum of six shots per day, a restricted diet, and plenty of exercise. This routine remained the same until he turned nine years of age and he was placed on an insulin pump that gave him a little more freedom in his activities.

Jason later met Crystal and they got married. The young couple tried for several years to get pregnant.

Eventually, God blessed them with twin girls, both premature, but healthy. Jason continued to have his regular check-ups every six months to ensure he was in good health.

In 2015 Jason went into his doctor's office for his normal blood work and left. When his doctor received his blood work, it was discovered that Jason was suffering from renal failure. Jason was directed to report to Lexington ER immediately.

Jason was sent to a nephrologist and placed on medication. He was then placed on a transplant list for a kidney and pancreas; however, MUSC has strict criteria you have to meet. Because his kidneys were still functioning at a certain percentage, he was not a priority transplant. Subsequently, Jason’s condition worsened. This resulted in emergency dialysis surgery and that moved him onto the priority transplant list. He now does peritoneal dialysis every night at home.

As was mentioned earlier, Jason has twin daughters. He is fighting for his life; he wants to live long enough to see them grow up into beautiful women. He’d love to see them graduate from high school, college, and have families of their own.

Jason’s daughters know that without a kidney transplant their daddy will die. Jason's girls, Hannah and Hailey, pray every day and night asking God to help their daddy get a kidney.

Organ transplants are very expensive. Jason’s transplant is estimated to cost $480,000.00. In this case, insurance only covers 70% of the medical cost. This is after he meets a $5,000.00 deductible.

A suitable kidney donor has been found. The Laymon family has covered most of the donor’s expenses as well.

Jason and his family are so thankful for all the people that have already donated money to help with the expenses associated with his kidney and pancreas transplant. However, this family is well short of the required pre-payment to start the transplant process.

The Fire and Iron Firefighters Motorcycle Club is honored to assist this family. They are asking for the public’s support so Jason’s life will be spared, and especially for the sake of Hannah and Hailey.

Even though the ride has passed, donations can still be accepted via PayPal at 115FIMC@gmail.com (Friends and Family). Please place “Jason Laymon Donation” in the notes and let’s all keep Jason in your prayers!

Thank you in advance for your support!

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