A New Day For Tim

August 14, 2013 Updated Aug 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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August 14, 2013 Updated Aug 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM EDT

(WKBW) The Day family relishes fun moments these days. They haven't happened too often since dad, Tim recently spent four months in Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital. He's waiting for a heart transplant.

Tim, the 17-year veteran of the Town of Tonawanda Police Department was living a normal life less than a year ago with his wife Sherry and their three children when he came down with pneumonia, but his health problems just grew from there, diagnosed in December with hyper-eosinophillic syndrome.

Tim's eosinophils, which are white blood cells were multiplying and before doctors could figure it out, they had damaged his most vital organ, the heart.

So until a donor match, a heart pump has been implanted in Tim's chest. It helps push blood to the rest of his body, allowing him to return to his Kenmore home and be with his family and friends.

Neighbor Jill O'Malley is now organizing a benefit for Day to help with home modifications that will be needed once he has his transplant. His immunity will be weakened, and he needs to be protected from mold, mildew and dust.

Baskets and raffle items are piling up, and the community, even those who don't know Day are stepping up to help.

Donors for Day will be held on Sunday, August 25th, 1-7p.m. at the Ellwood Fire Hall in Kenmore. For more information on the benefit and becoming an organ donor, click on News Links.