Sunday, July 10, 2016

Festival brings awareness of being an organ donor

Blake Martin and Blind Cab Drivers of Joplin was just one of the bands who played during the first Hotrods & BBQ Blues Festival on Saturdya in Neosho.
NEOSHO DAILY NEWS | Todd G. Higdon

A couple of years ago, David Watson was on the transplant list for a new kidney and liver.

On Saturday, he organized the first Hotrods & BBQ Blues Festival in downtown Neosho, with various events.

“(This festival) it is for the awareness of liver and kidney transplant,” he said. “We want people to sign on the back of the (driver’s) license or check the mark to be a donor. Because most people that need liver or kidney or heart, or whatever, have to wait on list so long that most of them don’t make it. There are so many that could be donors.”

The festivities were held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and included various vendors, barbecue and 12 bands playing blues.

“I have been a musician all of my life, 45 years, I am 61, I played all over the country with different bands, I know a lot of musicians,” said Watson. “I asked them to come out and they said they would. Some of the bands are solo and duo artists. I just thought maybe if we could get a group together, have some vendors out here, that we could have a good little festival out here.” Continue reading
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