Jacob’s Cars for Kidneys: Great turnout for a great cause “Its really a humbling experience”

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BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL) – Car enthusiasts, vendors, and food trucks from all over the region showed up at the old Friendship Ford dealership lot in Bristol, Tenn. on Saturday to put on a show in support of a local teen in need of a kidney transplant.

The goal of the car show being dubbed ‘Jacob’s Cars for Kidneys’ was to raise as much money through donations as possible to help offset some of the bills involved with getting a kidney transplant.

19-year-old Jacob Hill was diagnosed with Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis when he was just 13 years old. It attacks and deteriorates blood vessels in the body, and in Jacob, it affects his kidneys. Since then he has had to undergo dialysis treatments for nine hours a day. A kidney transplant would mean that Hill would no longer have to receive dialysis treatments.

“It happened quick. It was within a few months I was on peritoneal dialysis every single night. It started out eight hours then where it hasn’t been working as well we’ve had to move up to 9 hours a day,” Hill said. “You can’t really stay anywhere. You’re always confined to something… having to be home or have a machine… carry around a lot of weight if you’re traveling.”

Hill is currently on the transplant list at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital but is still in need of an O+ kidney.

Once an appropriate kidney becomes available, Hill will be able to undergo the procedure. The cost associated with the procedure will include the cost of the procedure itself, a months-long stay near the hospital, recovery, medications, and more.

The idea for the event was inspired by Jacob’s passion for cars.

Event organizer and Jacob’s stepdad Nathanael Cumbow told us, “You go on a road trip with him and he sees a car pass by and he’s telling you exactly everything about it so we knew that this would be special for him… to motivate him and something that he would remember.”

“It’s a really humbling experience and about makes you emotional thinking about all the people coming out to help,” Cumbow added.

People from around the area were happy to come out not only to see some unique cars and conversate with like-minded people but also to support a great cause.

Greeneville car enthusiast David Gibbs said, “We heard about Jacob needing a kidney so I reached out to anybody that I could… I said ‘hey, ya know, let’s see what we can do to help this kid out because he’s in the car community as well as we are.”

Vagrant brand vendor Jordan Tallent said, “I hope that he keeps his spirits high and sees that there’s a community here that supports him and wants the best for him. There’s ultimately the word hope… and that carries on and we all can through our combined energy can just give him life.”

Aside from donations, money was also raised through a silent auction and raffle. Food trucks and merchandise vendors also donated for the opportunity to be involved in the show. Along with allowing them to use the empty Friendship Ford lot, Friendship automotive sponsored the event and donated to Jacob’s transplant fund.

Those who could not make it out but still wish to contribute to Hill’s cause can make donations online at Jacob’s GoFundMe.

If you are interested in determining if you could be a match for Jacob, you can call the Living Donation Office at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital at 513-636-6794.

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