A fundraiser dinner is planned at Genoa Station Bar and Grill on Tuesday to help Derrick and Kierstin Van Der Jagt, owners of the Genoa Country Store, whose son Carmine is hospitalized with a rare blood disease called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome.
The dinner is 5-7 p.m., with the money raised going to the "Carmine Fund" No. 1459306526 at Wells Fargo Bank, 1542 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.
The disease destroys red blood cells, and is the most common cause of sudden, short-term-acute-kidney failure in children.
According to the family, Carmine's was caused by a rare type of strep-pneumonia that reacted to an initial dose of antibiotics that the doctor prescribed to him.
The 2-year-old was airlifted from Carson-Tahoe to Renown Children's Hospital in Reno on Feb. 13, and then again to UC Davis on Feb. 15.
He is undergoing dialysis for two failed kidneys, had surgery to remove bacteria from his lungs, and was on a respirator until Feb. 19.
"He still can't talk, but they are able to keep him much less sedated now. Obviously it is a great sign, unfortunately it makes him much less comfortable as well. His kidneys are still not functioning but his dialysis has been going well," Derrick said in an email. "The doctor also just told us that his blood platelets have increased on their own for the first time since we've been here and that is the first real sign that the treatment for the HUS is working."
Upon hearing the news, Genoans rallied together to help the Van Der Jagt Family.
"I told Derrick we would do everything we could to help, we being the entire town of Genoa," Genoa Bar owner Willy Webb said. "At the Genoa Bar we had Dougie L scheduled already for his Sinatra style show, which turned into an impromptu fundraiser equaling $1,200 that night. And the Genoans are just getting started."
The dinner will be a meat or vegetable lasagna, salad and garlic bread for $15 for adults or $5 for children.
"They are a young couple working hard to make a business go in Genoa and right now they need help," said Karen Holmes owner of Genoa Station Bar and Grill. "When your neighbor needs help, you rise to the occasion to help them."
Volunteers have also come together to help keep the Genoa Country Store open part-time as Derrick and Kierstin will be at UC Davis for another few weeks while Carmine recovers.
"The generosity of this entire Carson Valley never ceases to amaze and inspire," Webb said.
There are collection jars at The Genoa Country Store and Genoa Bar.
For more information, call 783-1599.
A bank account has been established under the name "Carmine Fund" No. 1459306526 at Wells Fargo Bank, 1542 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.
IF YOU GO
What: Dinner fundraiser
When: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Genoa Station Bar and Grill
Cost: $15 adults, $5 children