Longtime Oldsmar employee hosting fundraiser for ill family member

Longtime City of Oldsmar employee Kathy Horvath is hosting a fundraiser yard sale on Oct. 14 & 15 to help raise money for her son-in-law’s kidney transplant.

Oldsmar assitant city clerk Kathy Horvath is hosting a yard sale fundraiser for her son-in-law, Chris McGavic, who needs a kidney transplant. Credit: Kathy Horvath.

Oldsmar assistant city clerk Kathy Horvath is hosting a yard sale fundraiser for her son-in-law, Chris McGavic, pictured here with Horvath’s daughter, Stacie. McGavic is currently undergoing daily dialysis treatments for a rare disorder and needs a kidney transplant. Credit: Kathy Horvath.

Anyone who knows Kathy Horvath knows the longtime City of Oldsmar employee wouldn’t hesitate to go out her way to help someone in need.

But now, the assistant city clerk is asking others for their help.

Horvath’s 34-year-old son-in-law, Chris McGavic, is currently undergoing dialysis three hours a day, five days a week as he battles Dent disease, a rare chronic kidney disorder that affects only a handful of people worldwide.

In order to help with costs associated with treatment, as well as to hopefully fulfill Chris’ quest to receive a necessary kidney transplant, Horvath and her family are hosting the Share Your Spare For Chris fundraiser yard sale October 14 & 15 at 1103 Thornwood Dr. in Oldsmar.

“Chris and my daughter Stacie were just married last year in Oldsmar’s Veterans Memorial Park,” Horvath told Oldsmar Connect via email “Stacie grew up in Oldsmar and moved to Jacksonville after graduating from East Lake High School to attend the University of North Florida. She met Chris at work at JC Penny on the stock team. They were preparing to move back to Oldsmar when he was diagnosed.”

“Chris does home dialysis five days a week, and the next step will be to find a kidney donor,” she continued. “Kidneys from a living donor last longer than those from a cadaver but there is an intensive matching process to get just the right match. They are lucky enough to be close to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville where his transplant would take place. Once that is all said and done, they would still like to move back home.”

“Chris’s parents are both deceased so we are his family now!”

The fundraiser yard sale for Chris McGavic is set for Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15, from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at 1103 Thornwood Dr. in Oldsmar.

The fundraiser yard sale for Chris McGavic is set for Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at 1103 Thornwood Dr. in Oldsmar.

Horvath said the fundraiser is not your typical yard sale.

In addition to items like flat screen TVs, bedroom sets, couches and clothing, there will be craft supplies, household appliances, a dining room table and chairs and Harley Davidson shirts and watches for sale.

“Many city employees and community members have generously donated items for the yard sale. ,” Horvath said, adding the family is also accepting monetary donations via this fundraising website.

“The outpouring of support has been very touching.”

According to the information provided on the YouCaring page, McGavic was a normal, healthy young male before the effects of this rare disease, which affects only 250 people worldwide, started taking their toll on him:

“Dialysis is a process that cleans the blood of toxins that his damaged kidneys cannot filter out.  His type of dialysis, hemodialysis, involves him “sticking” himself with 14 gauge needles 5 days a week for 3 hour treatments. He spends 15+ hours a week, in a dialysis chair, running treatments to clean his blood of waste and deadly toxins. ESRD also comes with other symptoms such as anemia, which makes him fatigued and have low energy, loss of appetite and extreme exhaustion that no amount of sleep can relieve. Chris is an otherwise perfectly healthy man except for this unfortunate disease. A kidney transplant would completely change life for him. A new kidney would take away all these symptoms and his disease would essentially become non-existent. “Normal is not just a setting on the dryer.” It’s an aspect of life that Chris has never experienced because of the many side effects of this disease that went undiagnosed for so many years.”

To date, the page has raised a little more than $3,000 for the cause. The goal is $15,000.

Horvath said the battle to find a donor has been made tougher by the fact that Chris has very few living family members, and his nephew has the same rare disease, which is difficult to diagnose and often isn’t discovered until later in life, as was the case with Chris.

“Chris’s parents are both deceased so we are his family now!” she said. “Any contributions people can make will be greatly appreciated!”

For more information on Chris McGavic’s condition and his yard sale fundraiser, visit youcaring.com/chris-mcgavic-603420 or this Facebook page.

If you go: Chris McGavic Benefit Yard Sale Fundraiser

  • When: Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct 15, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: 1103 Thornwood Dr., Oldsmar (Forest Lakes subdivision)
  • What: The benefit for Chris McGavic’s kidney transplant promises to be “not your typical yard sale,” featuring furniture, home electronics, clothing, jewelry and other unique items. According to event organizers, everything is clean and in working order. Credit cards will be accepted for purchases over $20.00. Monetary donations are being accepted at youcaring.com/chris-mcgavic-603420.
  • Info: Facebook/ShareYourSpareForChris

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