Child in need of life-saving transplant

n Volunteers needed to assist in fund-raising efforts

Nineteen-month-old Shelby Martin of Rockford was the focus of a volunteer training session Nov. 11. The training was the beginning of a fund-raising campaign with the funds used to assist with Shelby’s medical expenses. Born on March 21, 2002, Shelby was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia, and doctors at the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago recommended a life-saving liver transplant.

Shelby is the daughter of Scott and Jennfier Martin and the sister of Riley. Her grandparents are Rev. Thomas and Coralee Hardwick and Dennis and Linnea Martin.

Volunteers are needed to assist with raising funds for Shelby’s transplant-related expenses. Individuals and groups interested in more information can contact campaign manager Kim Gorham at 963-2778 or Mike O’Hea at 624-4313.

An estimated $100,000 is needed for Shelby’s transplant expenses, which include some post-transplant care. Tax-deductible donations may be made in person at any National City Bank branch location or mailed to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403. Checks or money orders are made payable to “COTA for Shelby M.” with account number 758167541 written in the memo space. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Shelby’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, Bloomington, Ind., a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding families and communities in raising funds for transplant-needy patients.

The organization’s priority is to assure that no child is denied a transplant, or excluded from a transplant waiting list, due to lack of funds; 100 percent of all funds raised are used for patients’ transplant-related expenses.

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