Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Benefit planned to raise money for transplant

In two weeks, Sierra Phillips, 2, of Pearl will receive a kidney from her grandmother during a transplant operation in Birmingham. Sierra was diagnosed with renal failure two weeks after her birth. Since her birth, she has undergone six operations, including one to remove her right kidney. Her remaining kidney was too weak and she has been on dialysis for most of her life - she's the youngest known dialysis patient in the state.

To help her family pay for medication that could run as high as $3,000 per month, plus a possible two-month stay in Birmingham and other expenses, a fund-raising is set for March 26 from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. at Pearl Park, U.S. 80 in Pearl.

Proceeds will be generated from the $1 per person admission tickets for a day of games, giveaways and other entertainment, and other sales, including food and drink. Another fund-raising, a benefit race, is planned for 7 p.m. April 2 at Jackson Motor Speedway on Old Byram Road in Byram.

The transplant operation is scheduled for April 7 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center.

For more information, contact Christy Phillips at (601) 933-0406 or sierraphillips@aol.com. Tickets for the Pearl Park benefit can also be purchased at the Shoney's in Pearl (601-939-8127).

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