By STAFF REPORTSNEWS@ONLINEATHENS.COM – updated Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 11:07pm
The Children’s Organ Transplant Association is accepting contributions to assist an Oconee County teenager with medical expenses she is expected to incur when she undergoes a kidney transplant this year.
All donations made through COTA will go directly to the teen’s medical bills, said Penn Hurst, a resident of Oconee County assisting with the effort.
Sara Lewis, the daughter of Robert and Kim Lewis of Watkinsville, is a 16-year-old junior at Oconee County High School and was diagnosed with End Stage Renal disease.
“The doctors at Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta have recommended that she receive a life-saving kidney transplant,” a spokesman for COTA said.
Sara’s parents had asked COTA for assistance and volunteers are trying to raise $50,000.
Hurst, whose daughter plays soccer with Sara, said the Lewis’ are longtime residents of Watkinsville.
Despite limited kidney functions, Sara continues to stay active and is on varsity soccer squad at her school, Hurst said.
“They’re trying to get her through the season before the transplant this summer,” he said.
A number of fundraising events to help meet the goal are being planned, including some events organized by her fellow students, Hurst said.
“I’ve heard from so many people who have heard about it and want to get involved,” he said.
Individuals and groups interested in more information can contact Community Coordinator Susanne Barfield at (706) 614-3394 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations may be mailed to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, Ind. 47403.
Checks or money orders should be made payable to COTA, with “In Honor of Sara L” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at www.COTAforSaraL.com.