Lockport Journal | Julie Obermiller
|CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBob Banks enjoys a hug with 5-year-old granddaughter Madison Harrison. A benefit for Banks, who is in need of a kidney and pancreas transplant, will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Sanborn Fire Hall.|
As a father of six, Bob Banks has led a busy life. Like most people, he worked and enjoyed his modest home and family. Despite a lengthy battle with diabetes, Banks worked as a maintenance supervisor with HazMat training. When severe illness took the 55-year-old out of the mainstream of life, Banks and his family were not prepared for the financial devastation that often accompanies medical emergencies. Friends and family, with an assist from Newfane’s Rainbow of Help Inc., have planned an Oct. 17 benefit to help with expenses.
In the spring of 2014, Banks started experiencing increasingly severe back pain and fatigue. Symptoms worsened for months, but he coped and continued to work. In September, an acute attack led his wife Tammy to drive him to the emergency room, where the couple expected to hear it was due to muscle or bone problems. After hospital tests, they were stunned to hear that there was a totally different cause for the pain.
The emergency room doctor revealed the sobering news that Banks was in end-stage kidney failure, with only five percent kidney function. He was immediately admitted to the hospital for treatment.The emergency room doctor revealed the sobering news that Banks was in end-stage kidney failure, with only five percent kidney function. He was immediately admitted to the hospital for treatment. Continue reading