Ronnie Raney of Crye-Leike Awaits Daughter’s Triple-Organ Transplant Surgery

Ronnie Raney of Crye-Leike Awaits Daughter’s Triple-Organ Transplant Surgery
One of Crye-Leike's own, Ronnie Raney, is organizing a Benefit Scramble Golf Tournament for his daughter, Lyn Raney Hardy, 41, who needs a triple-organ transplant, consisting of heart, lung and kidney. Raney is vice president and corporate services director of Crye-Leike Relocation Services - West Tenn. Region. Pictured on their left with Lyn and Ronnie is her grandmother and Ronnie's mother, Elizabeth Raney.

Memphis, Tenn. – One of Crye-Leike’s own, Ronnie Raney, is organizing a benefit scramble golf tournament on Mon., June 28, 2004, for someone near and dear to his heart, his daughter, Lyn.

Lyn Raney Hardy, 41, needs a triple-organ transplant, consisting of heart, lungs and kidney. Diagnosed with congenital heart defect at the age of six weeks, Hardy has lived all her life with the limitations imposed on her body.

“Lyn has been a daughter every father hopes he has,” said Raney who is vice president and corporate services director of Crye-Leike Relocation Services – West Tenn. Region. “Even now, as she faces this staggering hurdle, she meets it with the courage and faith that any of use could only hope we would have if it were one of us.”

Because of her heart condition, physical activity and normal breathing became a struggle. But despite these odds, Hardy was able to graduate from Louisiana State University with a degree in art education and teach for four years before it became too difficult for her to work and stay healthy on a daily basis.

At age 21, Hardy had her fourth heart catheterization in 1984, testing for an artificial valve replacement.

“Instead, the doctors told us that due to my daughter’s complex anatomy that her only option was a heart and lung transplant,” said Raney.

“Over the past 20 years, Lyn has wrestled with the transplant decision because of the overwhelming costs and uncertainties,” he continued. “But despite her condition, Lyn has become many things to many people: a sister, a farmer’s wife, a neighbor, an artist, a tutor, a Sunday school teacher, and my daughter.”        When Hardy finally made the transplant choice and began testing to be put on the transplant list, the doctors told her that her kidneys had suffered irreversible damage because she waited too long, and that a triple transplant of her heart, lungs and kidney were necessary.

“Lyn was officially put on the national organ recipient’s transplant list on April 30, 2004, and is the only one in her blood group,” said Raney, “which means a donor may become available sooner than expected.”

Because of Hardy’s urgency of the transplantation and her rare AB positive blood type, shared by only 3 percent of the nation’s population, she was told that she must move closer to the facilities where her transplant will be performed should an AB positive donor’s organs become available.

Moving from her hometown of Charleston, Miss. to Birmingham, Ala., Hardy will be under the care of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Medical Center, widely recognized as one of America’s top organ transplant facilities.

UAB leads the nation in the largest volume of kidney transplants, more than 6,000 since 1968, now averaging around 300 a year. Its Heart Transplant Program , active since 1981, is one of the nation’s largest and most successful in terms of survival rates. Its Liver Transplant Program also is one of the largest in the country since 1992, now topping 1,000 procedures and is ranked as one of the top in volume (300 performed overall) and in survival.

Although Hardy is on disability, the costs facing the Hardy family for these transplant procedures are overwhelming – in the hundreds of thousands, noted her father. And, that doesn’t include the cost of living at her temporary home near the hospital during the months before and after the transplant surgery. In addition, there will be other long-term expenses, like regular heart biopsies as well as daily intake of anti-rejection drugs the rest of her life (at an estimated cost of $3,000 per month).

Hardy has a close circle of friends and family who have stepped forward to address those financial needs. They formed “Team Lynyrd,” a fund-raising group named after Lyn’s nickname. Hardy designed the team’s logo, which features two people joining arms to form a big red heart, promoting organ donor awareness, said Hardy

Fund-raising activities planned for the Memphis area include a Benefit Scramble Golf Tournament on Mon., June 28, 2004, at Cherokee Valley in Olive Branch, Miss. at $150 per player. Lyn’s father, Ronnie Raney, is chairman. To participate, call 901/758-5660, ext. 164, or e-mail rraney@crye-leike.com.

This isn’t the first event that people have raised money to help Hardy and her family. There have been auctions, bake sales, concert benefits, rummage sales, crawfish boils and even a coon hunt is planned in late September. The various fundraisers, many organized by Hardy’s church, Tippo United Methodist Church in Tippo, Miss., have raised around $10,000.

“Anybody is welcome to organize a fundraiser for my daughter, Lyn,” said Raney. “Lyn has been a true blessing to me, and to all her family and friends. Those who know her know how difficult it is for Lyn to ask for help, yet she would be the first there if you needed her. Now is the time that she needs our help.”

Donations may be sent to a special account that has been established at First Tennessee Bank in Memphis, Tenn. Checks should be made payable to the Lyn Raney Hardy Transplant Fund, Account No. 172294039 and mailed to First Tennessee Bank, Attention Jeff McIlvain – Manager at 8790 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, Tenn. 38018.

Donations also can be made as a tax deductible donation to Lyn’s church to: Tippo United Methodist Church, TUMC Medical Fund for Lyn Hardy, PO Box 153, Tippo, MS, 38962.

It’s just overwhelming hearing about how much people want to help me,” said Lyn Hardy. “It makes it easier and gives me strength to know all this love and support are behind me. It gives me a lot of courage to go on.”

Crye-Leike Relocation Services (relocation.crye-leike.com) is a division of Crye-Leike, the nation’s 10th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South.