Searcy Girl In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

Searcy, AR – 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.  In Searcy, volunteers are raising funds for transplant patients like local girl Christine Clemons.

Born on February 5, 2008, Christine was diagnosed with Pulmonary Vein Stenosis, and doctors at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri recommended a life-saving lung transplant.  An estimated $75,000 is being raised by Searcy volunteers.

Christine is the daughter of John and Jammie Clemons, and her grandparents are Bobby and Thelma Clemons, and James and Gayla Ballard.

Volunteers are needed to assist with fundraising activities.  Individuals and groups interested in more information can contact Community Coordinator Pam Smith at 501.593.5650 or [email protected]

Donations may be made in person at any Regions Bank branch location using account number 0112271160 or mailed to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, Indiana, 47403. Checks or money orders should be made payable to COTA, with “In Honor of Christine C.” written on the memo line of the check.   Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Christine’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association.  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.  One hundred percent of all funds raised are used for patients’ transplant-related expenses.