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Snellville boy needs life-saving transplant

SNELLVILLE — Volunteers and an organization are raising money for a Snellville boy in need of a life-saving transplant.

The Children’s Organ Transplant Association is organizing and promoting donations toward the transplant-related expenses for Alan Sims, 12, who has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoid Leukemia and needs a life-saving liver transplant, according to doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. COTA said the cost of a transplant often exceeds $500,000.

While a group of Snellville volunteers are committed to raising $50,000, individuals and groups are requested to help the cause.

The organization’s priority is to assure that no child or young adult is denied a transplant or excluded from a transplant waiting list due to lack of funds. One hundred percent of all funds raised are used for patients’ transplant-related expenses.

Individuals and groups interested in more information can contact Community Coordinator Lisa Joe at 770-377-2374 or slender28n@hotmail.com.

Donations may be mailed to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN, 47403. Checks or money orders should be made payable to COTA, with “In Honor of Alan S” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at www.COTAforAlanS.com.