LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Plates of spaghetti were dished out on Sunday to help a woman get the kidney transplant she needs to live. The spaghetti dinner fundraiser was held earlier at Saint Paul's United Methodist Church for 28-year-old Kimberly Grossman.
"I feel blessed,” said Grossman.
Grossman fought back tears as she thought about how much the day truly meant to her.
"It's a lot of money to get together when you have bills to pay and other things to pay for also,” said Grossman. "So, I'm trying and thankful for everyone that has donated and anyone that can donate."
Grossman was just three months old when she was diagnosed with symptoms that led to her now end-stage kidney disease.
She was having more health issues her twenties and could not find an answer to her problems. That's until a doctor diagnosed her with stage four chronic kidney disease.
“From there it has just progressed,” said Grossman. “They put me on the kidney transplant list about two years ago."
She is in search of a living donor which will hopefully allow her to have surgery as early as three months.
St. Paul's UMC Pastor Lisa Beavers said raising money for Grossman to get the kidney she needs was an easy decision.
“Our sermon earlier today was about the feeding of the five thousand," said Beavers. "Jesus looked at the disciples and said 'You give them something to eat. Sometimes we want to just pray and say 'Hey God, help this person get a transplant.' But we're not willing to help ourselves. So, we wanted to do what Jesus tells us to do and help as much as we could."
Grossman and her two five-year-old twins; 5-year-old Audric and Alexa have been members of the church for most of their lives.
She said they are the reason she keeps fighting.
“I am very thankful they are here,” said Grossman. “They help me every day."
She offered a message to those that may be battling the same problem she is.
“Just open your thoughts and find as many ways as possible to fundraise,” said Grossman. “Never be afraid to ask for help. There are lots of ways to help. There's social media and lots of people wanting to help."
Grossman's fundraising campaign with Help Hope Live, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money and supporting patients and their families, will help aid in a kidney transplant.