When readying to welcome a new baby, rarely do parents think consider putting over $500,000 aside just in case the bundle of joy needs a life-saving surgery. Emily and Zachariah Payne of Gobles were focusing on stocking up on diapers and figuring out how to put a the crib together, never thinking that their new daughter, Rilynn, would be diagnosed with Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease. She needs a new kidney. Her parents have to figure out a way to pay for it.

That's where the Children't Organ Transplant Association (COTA) comes in. They have organized local volunteers to raise an estimated $50,000, but they still have a long way to go. Volunteers are needed to coordinate efforts throughout our community. If you are interested in helping, contact Community Coordinator Heidi Keister at hmkeister@yahoo.com, or you can send a check to COTA (251 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, Indiana, 47403) with "In Honor of Rilynn P" in the memo line.

If you and your family were thinking of a different way to give back to the community this season, consider donating. Let's make this Rilynn's first of many Christmases to come.

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