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September 13, 2002

Tift County- A Tift County man desperately needs a new liver to survive, but without health insurance he can't afford a transplant.

Six months ago, doctors told 54-year-old Bruce Hickman he'd die from yellow jaundice in 6 months to a year without a new liver. But that will cost $330,000. Hickman cancelled his insurance when he started to get sick, because he lost his job and could no longer afford the premium.

"When you draw a small check each month, it's so difficult to take care of the necessities so you'll have a roof over your head," Hickman said.

So now friends of Hickman are trying to help him raise the money, starting with an auction Thursday night at 6 that will be aired on a Tifton Cable station.

Fund drive chairman Tyron Spearman said, "Folks in Southwest Georgia, $300,000 isn't that much if we all contribute to it." The fundraisers are also sending out letters, and have set up a liver fund in Bruce Hickman's name. You can make a donation at any branch of South Georgia Bank.

posted at 5:50 p.m. by dave.d'marko@walb.com