Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN


April 13, 2013

Avon family lives with cystic fibrosis

April is Organ Donation Awareness Month



“Now that she is older she keeps track of her own meds and is very independent,” she said. “We recently left for a week and Melanie did great. I have no doubt that she will be able to take care of herself post-transplant.”

To prepare for when their transplants become available, the family has been raising funds through the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. The original goal is to have both funds complete with $60,000. The family has $12,000 remaining to raise.

“The community has really gotten behind the girls,” Aimee said. “We also had a very big gift from our church, Kingsway. It was an amazing gift.”

To help raise funds for the girls’ transplants, a group of people have organized Girls Night Out, a fundraising event set for 5-9 p.m. April 19 at the Plainfield Recreation and Aquatic Center, 615 Vestal Road.

Ericka Bethel is one of the community members helping to organize the event.

“We are really excited about the event,” Bethel said. “There will be 30 vendors.”

The ladies-only event will include a night of food, shopping, and relaxation to benefit the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of Melanie and Rosie.

There will be a coffee/smoothie bar, desserts and appetizers, music, mini massages, shopping from local vendors and craft booths, and a silent auction. There will also be door prizes.

There is no cost to enter the event but there are many opportunities for donations. Those shopping will see a percentage of their total spent go to the event.

Aimee said the family’s first priority is to get the girls’ transplants funded. But they’re equally passionate about organ donation.

April is Organ Donation Awareness Month.

“It is so easy to become a donor,” she said. “Indiana is not an automatic donor state so you do have to opt in to be a donor.”





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