Maddie's Dash to raise funds for local infant's liver transplant

The Wilson Post

Maddie's Dash 5K and Children's 1-Mile Costume Fun Run will be held on Saturday at College Hills Church of Christ for the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in honor of Maddie Whitlock, a Mt. Juliet area infant in need of a liver transplant.

Seven-month-old Whitlock is listed for a liver transplant at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, and funds are being raised to assist with transplant-related expenses. Whitlock was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia at only two months old, and the Whitlock family needs an estimated $50,000 to pay for transplant-related expenses. Biliary Atresia is a chronic, progressive liver problem that becomes evident shortly after birth. It occurs once in every 18,000 births, and the cause is unknown.

"The family and friends of Maddie Whitlock want to encourage everyone in the community to attend our upcoming 5K in an effort to help give Maddie a second chance at life," Event Chair Jessica Robinson said. "One hundred percent of the profits from Maddie's Dash will assist with transplant-related expenses." Continue Reading