Fireworks Light up Life

9 years 5 months 2 weeks ago June 21, 2007 Jun 21, 2007 Thursday, June 21 2007 Thursday, June 21, 2007 8:20:05 AM CDT in News

Jim Edwards goes to great lengths to keep his customers looking good, and now there's a way they can feel good as well, through the Fireworks for Life Program.

"You're celebrating the indepdence but you're also celebrating someone's future," Edwards, of Fireworks for Life said.

Fireworks for Life is a non-profit mid-Missouri based organization that's donating half of its proceeds to help organ transplant patients and their families deal with the catastrophic cost of a surgery.

"This isn't about the folks who have $10,000 deductibles," Ken Askren, one volunteer with the program said. "This is about the folks who are working at the factories, the folks who don't have insurance or enough insurance to pay for the catastrophic cost of extending their life."

"We're not just selling fireworks for the fun and for the profit," Mark Martin, another volunteer said. "We're doing it to help those families going through the transplant process."

It's a process Jim knows very well. He's a father who nearly lost his son, Tim. Tim needed a liver transplant, so his brother donated a part of his liver so he could live a full life. The operation went well, but during the surgery, doctors found cancer in Tim's colon. The cancer was contained and Tim survived, but the transplant operation cost more than $300,000.

Jim now sells fireworks, not only to light up the sky, but also his life.

"When you go home at night do me a favor. When you tuck your kids in, tell them you love 'em," Jim said. "And remember one thing: It could happen to you."

You can find "Fireworks for Life" stands in Columbia on South Route K near Rock Bridge Elementary School. In Boonville, it's at Fame Auto and Tire on Route B. In Fayette, it's at Derailed Commodities on Highway 40. And in Moberly, you can find it at the Family Life Fellowship on Highway 24.

A sale at the Boonville tent on June 14 and 15 will benefit Cooper County Relay for Life. And in Columbia, you can find deals on July 6 and 7 at a Rock Bridge area rummage sale to benefit the Brent Brubaker family.

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