But it’s going to cost – plenty.
That’s why at noon on Sunday, March 29, the Cunningham family will host a fundraiser at their Ranch House Restaurant, 3250 State Route 82 in Sonoita. Admission and food is free, but donations are strongly suggested.
In addition to steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings, the event will feature a live auction, raffle and live music from Andy Hersey, Dynamite Hicks, Roy Mack and Jim Koweek and friends. Emcees will include Judge Keith Barth, Supervisor John Maynard, Sheriff Antonio Estrada, local businessman Brent Bowdon and Patagonia Mayor Ike Isakson.
Fish, 27, who grew up in the Patagonia-Sonoita area and now lives in Nogales, received a new kidney when he was 11 years old. His body rejected it after eight years and has been on dialysis every since.
“The problem is he’s been having a hard time getting a match for it,” his father Ron Fish said, adding that aside from one possible candidate in the last eight years that didn’t pan out, the family has pretty much given up efforts in Arizona. Consequently, Daniel Fish is going to be transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
“They’re much more aggressive in working with situations like Danny has,” Ron Fish said, adding that the move will also be expensive due to medical costs and living expenses.
And that’s where the Cunningham family came into the picture. With a number of successful fundraisers under their belts over the years, the family didn’t hesitate to get the ball rolling on raising the funds.
“Bob (Cunningham) has been absolutely tremendous on this. We couldn’t have done this without him,” Ron Fish said. “It’s unbelievable regarding the people that have come forward already and helped.”
Donations will be administered by the Santa Fe Ranch Foundation in Nogales, where Ron Fish ranched for 38 years. The nonprofit plans to open a separate bank account for Daniel Fish and will oversee the dispersion of the funds as needed.
“There’s actually a real chance now,” Daniel Fish said in an excited voice as he took a break from dialysis. He said the primary concern at the moment is to get his blood pressure a little higher before doctors allow a transplant. After that they can probably start immediately with the paperwork for his brother, Tom, who is a primary candidate for the kidney donation.
“All my doctors have told me this is the best shot I have at getting a transplant given my circumstances,” Daniel Fish said.
Those who can’t make the fundraiser can still donate to the cause at: The Santa Fe Ranch Foundation, P.O. Box 1386, Nogales, AZ 85628
Where: Cunningham’s Ranch House Restaurant, Sonoita, AZ
Why: Raise money for medical expenses and related expenses for upcoming kidney transplant. Danny will have to live in Los Angeles for about a year during this process.
How to help: Attend event or donate. All contributions are tax deductible and should be made payable to the Santa Fe Ranch. The Santa Fe Ranch is a local 501 c-3 organization that is acting as the fiduciary agent for this campaign.
(Please note you don’t need a PayPal account to make a donation online.)
Donations can also be mailed to:
The Santa Fe Ranch Foundation,
P.O. Box 1386