Event raises funds for local girl recovering from kidney transplant

Jul 19, 2014 7:49 PM by Charlene Cheng

Seeing Jonnie Cravens today, it's hard to believe that she just underwent a kidney transplant this past Easter.

"There's a bounce house, a water slide, a lot of fun games, it's just really fun," she said.

Jonnie is no ordinary 12-year-old.

Her parents, Jennifer and John, call her their "million dollar baby."

And, this is no ordinary day of fun at the Historic Hawes Farm in Anderson.

All proceeds from the even will go towards the staggering medical bills that have piled up for the Cravens family.

It all started when Jonnie was just a kid.

"I found out I had stage three kidney failure when I was six-years-old. Since then I've been taking a lot of medication and I have been going to the doctors a lot," she said.

A breakthrough came last year when Jonnie matched with an organ donor.

Her parents had no idea where they would get the money to pay for the procedure, until an organization known as COTA stepped in.

"COTA stands for Children's Organ Transplant Association. They're a non-profit organization where 100% of the proceeds you raise go directly towards that child," said Theresa Azevedo, who serves as the public relations coordinator for COTA for Jonnie Cravens.

Prior to this event, COTA has already helped raise $30,000 for Jonnie and her family.

"Thank you for them is just not enough. When you say thank you, those words mean a lot and say a lot but it just to me sometimes doesn't feel like enough, so we are very thankful for everybody and their support," Jonnie's parents said.

COTA's goal is to raise $50,000 for Jonnie.

The money will pay off any existing medical bills, as well as help Jonnie start saving for a second transplant.

The next fundraiser is planned for October.

To help, you can find out more at www.cotaforjonniec.com.

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