New Lungs, New Life for Julia Allen

Julia Allen was born on April 18, 1982. She is a daughter, a sister, a single mother, a friend and a fighter. At birth she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. The doctors at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia have recommended a life-saving double lung transplant for Julia. An estimated 40,000 is being raised by Gloucester, VA volunteers .

                          

With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant patients are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-needy patients. 100% of donations will benefit COTA in honor of Julia to assist with transplant related expenses.

In 2004 Julia's brother Michael lost his battle with cystic fibrosis at the age of 24. Right now Julia's lung function is only 20% and is in desperate need of her new lungs. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. To learn more about cystic fibrosis visit About Cystic Fibrosis.

In 2006 Julia gave birth to her “miracle” child. Alexis is the reason Julia fights to keep living. Alexis is 7 years old and always by her mom's side helping in any way she can. Julia and Lexi can't wait for Julia to get her new lungs so Julia can do all the things a mom should get to do with their daughter like run, dance, play outside and sing together.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Here's how you can help:

  • Donate time and talent - contact Diane Kane 804.642.4433 or by email at  pearlsunlim@yahoo.com  to find out when the next volunteer meeting will take place.
  • Donate money - the goal is to raise at least $40,000.
  • Watch the COTA campaign website (COTAForJuliaA.com) for information about fundraising activities—then attend/support the events.
  • Make a secure online donation right here.
  • Send a check by clicking right here and following the instructions.

All donations are tax-deductible.
Monetary gifts of $75.00 or more will receive a statement of giving from COTA.

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