'Cornerstone to Willard' seeking life-saving donation

Zoe Greszler • Updated Dec 28, 2018 at 3:36 PM

WILLARD — A Willard man known throughout the area for his support of others and involvement in the community is in need of his own hero.

In a Facebook post made Wednesday, people were asked to get their blood type checked and if they were a match to consider donating a kidney to “a very special young man in our community” — Scott Gremmer. If they couldn’t share their kidney, Hershiser asked that they help by sharing the post to reach as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. Gremmer’s family even had shirts made to help find a donor.

“I am asking for everyone to share across the country to see if there is a donor out there for him,” according to the post. “Scott has been challenged with being born with one kidney and having that kidney fail. In May of 2017 he began dialysis and has (undergone dialysis treatment) a couple times a week since. ... Our entire family is seeking prayers and help finding a living donor for Scott. Anyone who is interested please call the Ohio State Transplant Team 614-293-6724 Option #3.”

Gremmer, who has an O-positive blood type, was approved and placed on the the donor list at Ohio State University Hospitals. That placed him on an estimated five- to six-year wait unless he finds a personal donor. Hershiser said doctors feel he would best be suited for a live donor, however, none in the family are a match.

“Scott has been a bright spot for the entire family his whole life, as well as the community of Willard. The vast majority of the town knows Scott is a fixture just about everywhere around town,” according to the post.

Lori Shock Leis agreed with Shelley Weiss Hershiser.

“(I) love my neighbor Scott. Sweetest young man in Willard,” she wrote in response to the post.

Gremmer particpated in last week’s Huron County Bears Special Olympics, which raised $6,998.38 in donations to the Special Olympics. He also serves as an assistant coach to the Willard High School varsity basketball team, among other areas of community involvement in and outside of the schools.

In the posts’s first 21 hours, Facebook post shares went throughout Ohio, in other states, including Kentucky and even internationally to Canada in attempt to share Gremmer’s story and to find him a matching donor. The post garnered 531 shares and 48 comments of well-wishers and those who shared their interactions with Gremmer.  

“Scotty is an awesome dude!” James Burrer wrote. “Always brings a smile to my face when I coached and it is a treat when I get to see him out in town and get to give him a hug. This guy is a cornerstone to Willard.”

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