Steamboat Springs assistant coach Don Toy talks with players at the Sailors practice Thursday afternoon. Toy has battled polycystic kidney disease for the past seven years, and still is recovering after a kidney transplant in September. The Don O’Toy Fundraiser is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs assistant coach Don Toy talks with players at the Sailors practice Thursday afternoon. Toy has battled polycystic kidney disease for the past seven years, and still is recovering after a kidney transplant in September. The Don O’Toy Fundraiser is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

Sunday fundraiser to benefit kidney transplant survivor Don Toy

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St. Patrick’s social and fundraiser benefiting Don Toy

  • Sunday, March 20, 2011, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, 2500 Pine Grove Road, Steamboat Springs
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— It hasn’t been easy for Don Toy, and no one expected it to be.

But the Steamboat Springs tennis pro and assistant high school tennis coach said Thursday his recovery from a kidney transplant in late September is going as well as can be expected.

Perhaps the best part of the process, Toy said, has been all the support he has received.

That support continues with the Don O’Toy Fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. The fundraiser will be part of the Steamboat Tennis Association’s St. Patrick’s Day social.

The fundraiser will raise money for Toy’s medical expenses that include the kidney transplant as well as stays in hospitals in Steamboat and Denver.

“It’s going pretty well,” Toy said. “As far as recovery from the transplant, I’m doing excellent. In the last month, I’ve experienced some other problems.”

The fundraiser will feature warmup drills with pros from the Tennis Center. From there, the playing services of some of the community’s younger tennis players will be auctioned off to adults who will play doubles with the children.

The cost to play is $15 for adults and $5 for children 18 and younger. Donations also will be accepted, with all proceeds from the benefit going to Toy.

To sign up, call the Tennis Center at 970-879-8400 or show up Sunday.

“Everyone should come out,” event organizer and tennis pro Carol Baily said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun, and it’s for a really good cause.”

Toy had battled polycystic kidney disease for the past seven years, with his kidney at one point functioning at just 19 percent.

If it reached 15 percent, Toy would have had to start dialysis. The Tennis Center hosted a fundraiser in March to let people know about the disease and to try to find a donor match.

Toy found his match in local CPA Larry Handing. The two went in for surgery in September.

Toy said his recovery is going well, but has had setbacks with infections. He said Thursday he’s still surprised by the support he has received.

“Compared to other peoples’ problems, at least I have a home and people care about me,” Toy said. “It’s always surprising. I didn’t think people would want to help me out again after being so generous. It’s really well-received. Anything is great. That’s the way I look at it. My wife and I are extremely grateful to the people in this community. We thank them. They helped me get though some tough times.”

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