Barbecue Friday will help Redding girl through children's organ transplant fund

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Greg Barnette/Record Searchlight Jonnie Cravens, 12, right, does homework and talks with friend and classmate Isabelle Tilcock Tuesday at Jonnie’s home in Redding. Jonnie was diagnosed with chronic renal disease when she was six and is in need of a kidney transplant. The family is working with COTA and holding a fundraiser at the Tire Factory on South Market on Friday.

A barbecue fundraiser to benefit an organization helping a Redding girl in need of a live-saving kidney transplant is on Friday.

Jonnie Cravens, 12, has chronic renal disease — an illness her parents found out she’d already entered the third stage of when she was only 6.

“It was pretty scary,” said her mother, Jennifer Cravens. “It didn’t seem like anything was wrong.”

Though the disease doesn’t affect Jonnie’s life too much — as long as she’s taking her medications — some of her earliest memories are of managing the illness.

“I remember taking meds when I was six,” said Jonnie, now a seventh-grader at Turtle Bay School and the youngest of four children.
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