Surprise toddler in need of life-saving transplant

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Madalyn Weimer By Jennifer Thomas Madalyn Weimer By Jennifer Thomas

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A little girl from Surprise with a rare medical condition got some good news just in time for her second birthday.

Several months ago, Madalyn Weimer was diagnosed with a rare blood condition that if left untreated could become leukemia.

"We were expecting something, but not quite that drastic," said Madalyn's mother, Stacey Weimer.

The good news is the family has a donor for a life-saving bone marrow transplant in Seattle.

Friends and members of the Children's Organ Transplant Association are gathering donations to cover the family's medical, travel and living expenses.

"She said to plan on being up there for a good five to six months and that's if everything goes according to plan," Weimer said.

There are many fundraisers planned to ease the burden on Madalyn's parents so they focus their energy on her recovery. An estimated $65,000 is being raised by Surprise volunteers.

Donations can be mailed to the Children's Organ Transplant Association, 2501 W. COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403. Checks or money orders should be made payable to COTA with "In Honor of Madalyn W" written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at www.COTAforMadalynW.com.

The Children's Organ Transplant Association is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses.