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Kidney transplant planned for Marylou Downs Duquette

"It means everything to me," Duquette said. "I especially can't say enough about my family. They've been right there from the very beginning. They went through a lot for that fundraiser and did a lot of work. I was just amazed by all the support."

"We couldn't have asked for a better turnout," said Bassett. "The North Country is such a supportive community."

With her sister now a confirmed match, the next step for Duquette is to go over surgery options with her doctor. There are two ways the transplant could be handled, she said. The first would involve an operation to remove her kidneys, followed by two months of dialysis while her body rests, then a second operation to transplant her sister's kidney.

The other option is to remove the kidneys and transplant the new one all in one operation, though Duquette said she has been told there is a higher risk of infection with the combined operations.

Regardless, Duquette, who is a daycare provider, will likely be out of work for several months, leading to the need for last Saturday's benefit, said Bassett.

"When you're doing something like that, you have no idea how many people are going to come," said Bassett, who helped organize the event with Guynup and other family members. "But, we ended up running out of dinners, so it was a huge success."

Those who were unable to attend the benefit may still send donations to in care of Duquette to 62 Downs Road, Cadyville N.Y. 12918. Donations may also be arranged by contacting Bassett at 593-7889 or Guynup at 578-1705.

"When all is said and done, if there is anything left, we'll pay it forward," said Bassett.

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