One of ABSC's swimmers, Davis Carmack, has been on an incredible journey over the last year plus. Without spoiling his story below, Davis was at severe risk to lose his life last year before receiving a life-saving kidney transplant from his father!
Now, Davis is using his platform as an Eagle Scout to give back to kids who find themselves in similar positions to his. Please take a brief moment and read about Davis' Eagle Scout project, and please consider donating to the cause and helping him achieve his goal.
My name is Davis Carmack and I'm a 9th grader at Clarke Central. I swim with the Senior 2 group, am a Life Scout in Boy Scouts of America Troop 1 in Athens, and am currently working on my Eagle Scout Project. For my project, I am collecting donations of toys and other items to create activity bags for pediatric patients at Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta. My goal is to create 50-100 bags to donate to Egleston later this spring. I have created an Amazon Wish List of items for various age groups and genders to help guide donors to what kinds of toys kids prefer. If you are interested in donating a toy for my project, all items purchased from Amazon will ship directly to my house. Of course, you can also shop locally and I can accept toy donations at the ABSC Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 2nd, or at a practice: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3R2N45A7WQXUC?ref_=wl_share
This cause is personal for me due to some recent health issues I have been dealing with. In January 2021, I was diagnosed with Stage 5 End-Stage Renal Disease and found out that I would need to begin dialysis and would need a kidney transplant as soon as possible. It was a total shock to our family as we did not know that anything this serious was even going on with me! My parents immediately began the process to see if either of them was a match to donate a kidney. My dad has the most compatible blood type and his kidney was a great match so he was my donor. On June 1, 2021, I had a kidney transplant at Egleston while my dad’s surgery was across the street at Emory University Hospital. My transplant surgeon literally carried my dad’s kidney in a cooler and crossed the street between the two hospitals to bring the kidney to my operating room. I recovered at Egleston for a week and then came home. I was out of the pool from late January until mid-July of last year and have slowly been building back up to my previous stamina and strength. I had several surgeries and hospital stays at Egleston prior to my transplant so I understand how boring sitting in a hospital room can be for days or weeks on end. The doctors and nurses at Egleston are the very best but they can’t entertain every child all day long. Please help me provide some fun and entertainment for other children and help brighten their stay at Egleston.
Thanks for taking the time to read about Davis' Journey, and we hope you will help him achieve his goal. This is what ABSC is all about! Not just a team, but a family.