Donations to the Angela Rushford Childrens Organ Donation Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL), have reached $13,373.62.
A recent $5,000 donation from the Georgia-Pacific Corporation in recognition of donor David Harpers grand prize in The Drive for Brawny HeroesTM Contest pushed the total above the $10,000 mark. Widespread media attention, including appearances by the Rushford family and Harper on The Sharon Osbourne Show and PAX TVs Its A Miracle, have also helped boost donations.
The Angela Rushford Childrens Organ Donation Fund was established in January 2003, shortly after Angela, then 5, received a life-saving kidney transplant from Harper, who replied to a free classified ad in The Rock River Times.
Harper and Angelas father, Tony Rushford, established the fund just weeks after the transplant surgery, and continue to serve as co-chairmen of the fund, which will be awarded to qualifying families with children in need of an organ transplant.
For more information about the Angela Rushford Childrens Organ Donation Fund, or to make a donation to the fund, contact CFNIL at 962-2110 or visit www.cfnil.org.