Mike Smith has battled diabetes since he was 13.

His fight became more fierce in the past year-and-a-half, and now some friends are getting together to help.

A benefit for Smith will be held Sunday at the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company.

The event will include food, drinks, live entertainment by Crossfire and the Water Street Quartet, as well as a Chinese auction.

The $20 donation requested at the door will go toward helping Smith with a needed kidney and pancreas transplant.

“I do not know how to thank everybody just for hearing what’s coming up and their support,” said Smith, 39.

He called the community support “amazing” and “overwhelming.”

Smith, who lives in Lewiston and has a 9-year-old son, Andy, receives kidney dialysis three days a week. The procedure takes 12 to 15 hours at a time, he said.

Smith wants to raise awareness about organ donation programs, he said, noting he’s kept his illness private until recently.

He is encouraging others to think about becoming an organ donor.

“If I get one person to sign a list to go get tested, that’s just amazing for me,” he said.

Smith is originally from Youngstown and started Asylum Productions, a sound system company, in 1990.

Wendy Shaw, who’s helped organize the event, said donations for the event can still be made. A fund has been established at First Niagara Bank in Lewiston for anyone who wants to make a monetary donation.

“We’ve had a great response from the community so far,” she said.

For more information, or to make a basket donation for the Chinese auction, call Shaw at 745-9754 or e-mail her at wfshaw@adelphia.net. Anyone willing to donate can also contact Jeff and Gloria Baker at 791-8980.





If you go

• WHAT: Benefit for Mike Smith

• WHEN: Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday6/10

• WHERE: Youngstown Volunteer Fire Co., 625 Third St., Youngstown

• MORE INFO: Monetary donations can be made via First Niagara Bank. Checks can be sent the Mike Smith Benefit, care of the bank, 500 Center St., Lewiston, N.Y., 14092.

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