Crafting a better future for young girl

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CUMMING, Ga.  The Service family, of Cumming, was told there might be some “bumps” in the road as Kate Service, 6, recovered from a liver transplant she had in October 2013.

Since the procedure, Kate has been re-admitted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston four times, undergone several liver biopsies and weekly blood tests.

These “bumps” are costly, as are the medication and doctor visits Kate will have the rest of her life.

“Kate’s been amazing through this,” said William Service, Kate’s father.

Lisa Service, Kate’s mother, and Jeanne Donaldson, Kate’s grandmother, created Kate’s Krafts last October to help raise funds with the help of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA).

COTA is an organization that provides fundraising assistance for families in need of a lifesaving transplant.

The Service family has raised more than $44,000 through events and fundraisers. Their goal is to raise $50,000 by July 31.

“We’re getting there,” William said. “Part of our fundraising efforts is to prepare for when Kate becomes an adult, so that she can have the funds to pay her medical bills that she’ll have her entire life.”

Kate was diagnosed with liver failure in March 2013.

The cost of a liver transplant can often exceed $500,000.

For more information, visit www.cotaforkates.com.

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