Fundraising continues for toddler needing kidney transplant

By Dixie Pettit

Orrin Day, owner of Ramona Mainstage, is providing another venue to raise money for Liam Houck, a Ramona toddler in need of a kidney transplant.

The Mainstage will host a three-band event on Oct. 9 with all of the proceeds going directly back to the COTA (Children’s Organ Transplant Association) for Liam Houck fund.

Liam Houck. Sentinel photo/Dixie Pettit

The story of the littlest Houck came to the attention of Sentinel readers during the Ramona Country Fair. According to Liam’s parents, Marine Capt. Reid and Vanessa Houck, the toddler has a rare medical condition and is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. The local fundraising effort has continued with a multi-national appeal.

Ramona resident Suzanne Reese stepped into the role of community organizer for COTA. Reese is the “go to” person for updates on the family and fundraising efforts and donations being collected toward the $125,000 goal/projected need.

Since the fundraising efforts hit Ramona ears, events have included garage and bake sales, bar-becues, donation jars, and even a wine tasting. What once seemed an astronomical amount to the Houck family is slowly becoming reality with the COTA for Liam website reporting on Monday that $110,800 has been raised.

While the dollars are impressive, the work is not finished until Liam has a new kidney.

Updates, donations and more information is at cotaforliam.com or from Reese at 858-449-4844 or suzanne@compassionatechild.com.

Tickets for the concert are $20 per person and are available at Ramona Family Naturals, 624 Main St., or by mail, with checks payable to COTA for Liam Houck, to Joe Carll, 23507 Forest Hill Drive, Ramona, CA 92065.

Ramona Mainstage is at 626 Main St. The concert will start at 5 p.m. and will feature Jason Winters, Haley Montgomery and Absolute Truth Gospel Band.

For more information about the concert, contact Joe Carll at 760-522-8530 or joecarll@cox.net.

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2 Comments for “Fundraising continues for toddler needing kidney transplant”

  1. David J Undis

    Your story about Liam Huck and Organ Donation highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations.

    There are now over 112,000 people on the National Transplant Waiting List, with over 50% of these people dying before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year.

    There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage – give donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

    Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. Everyone who is willing to receive should be willing to give.

    Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at http://www.lifesharers.org or by calling

    1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. LifeSharers has over 14,700 members as of this writing, including 1765 members in California.

    Please contact me – Dave Undis, Executive Director of LifeSharers – if your readers would like to learn more about our innovative approach to increasing the number of organ donors. I can arrange interviews with some of our local members if you're interested. My email address is daveundis@lifesharers.org. My phone number is 615-351-8622.

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