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

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5K and Children's Costume Fun Run set for Saturday

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."

The registration cost for the 5K will be $40 and $20 for children who participate in the one-mile fun run. The event will also include Halloween candy for the children. The day will also include a silent auction. Packet pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m.; the one-mile fun run begins at 9 a.m.; and the 5K begins at 9:30 a.m. The silent auction will close at 10:30 a.m.

Whitlock's family has asked for assistance from COTA, a national charity based in Bloomington, Ind. COTA is dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. COTA's services are free of charge, and all funds generated by the association's community fund-raising campaigns are available for transplant-related expenses.

To register for Maddie's Dash 5K or Children's One-Mile Costume Fun Run, visit For more information about Maddie's Dash 5K or other fund-raising and volunteer opportunities, contact Robinson at

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