Kurt Oscarson fund helps Utah families in need of organ donation

FOX 13 | Hope Woodside

SALT LAKE CITY – The Kurt Oscarson Children’s Organ Transplant Fund provides financial support for children who need a transplant through an interest-free loan, and two Utah families grateful for the help recently shared their stories.

The program is funded from donations on the Utah state income tax form, and it’s helping children secure a new lease on life.

These days little Madeline looks like a normal toddler, but at 2 months old she was diagnosed with a rare liver and bile duct disease and had to have a surgical procedure called Kasai–a stopgap until an organ is available.

“The hope is that, by doing so, the liver will regenerate enough that you will postpone the need for a transplant," said Amanda Butz, Madeline's mother. “Sometimes it works really well, and sometimes you only get a few months.”

Evan Kraaima, 13, was also diagnosed with the same disease and needed a transplant. Continue reading
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