The Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Matsqui has presented the Paul Harris Fellowship to Andrew “Skully” White.
White owns and operates Lullys Food Experience hotdog stand out of the Canadian Tire parking lot and donated his kidney to customer Tim Hiscock last year.
Hiscock, 46, was diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes 16 years ago and was told in May 2019 that his kidneys were drastically deteriorating.
By November of that year, he was told that he was approaching the need for dialysis and should start looking for a kidney donor.
Hiscock was a regular customer at the hotdog stand and, when he told White about the health issues he was facing, White told him that he would donate his kidney if they were a match.
The pair were a match, and the transplant surgery took place Dec. 14, 2020 at Vancouver General Hospital. Both are now doing well.
The experience led White to start a campaign to find live kidney donors for others in need.
In addition to presenting White with the Paul Harris Fellowship and a $1,000 (US) donation to the Rotary Foundation, the Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Matsqui made a donation to the Kidney Foundation of Canada (B.C./Yukon) on behalf of White.
Making the presentation at White’s business on May 14 were club president Kelly Meade, president elect Terry Vermeer and awards committee chair Alexis Eagles.
The Paul Harris Fellowship is awarded to people who provide exceptional service to the community in keeping with Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self.”