Dozens rally behind Memphis toddler in need of transplant

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Dozens of volunteers are rallying a behind a Memphis toddler in her battle against a rare disease.

Volunteers are hoping to raise money for 2-year-old Brooklyn Faris during a special rummage sale Saturday.

“Brooklyn is a feisty girl; she’s really happy. But she will fight for what she needs. I think that’s what’s kept her around this long,” said Brooklyn’s mom, Jesse Faris.

Diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Allagille Syndrome when she was an infant, Brooklyn was given a 50% chance of living just 4 to 6 months.

Now, Brooklyn is in liver failure and will soon need a transplant.

“Her organs are swollen, but she doesn’t know any difference. That’s why you see her running around,” said Faris.

Faris knew about the now toddler’s health condition when she traveled to China more than a year ago to adopt her.

“When we saw her picture, we felt something about her was special. We felt the Lord was calling us to do it. We knew once the doors opened we were supposed to walk through them. I sometimes think there are choices that we make. It’s hard to say yes, but the blessing in saying yes is so much greater than letting the opportunity by,” said Faris.

The blessing of Brooklyn hasn’t been without financial challenges.

With doctor’s visits to Chicago, travel, insurance deductibles, co-pays, and even special formula for Brooklyn to eat, it all adds up.

That is why this weekend the family is getting help from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, or COTA, through a unique fundraiser.

Hundreds of items were donated and will be sold in a rummage sale Saturday.

Every dollar and every cent raised will go to Brooklyn.

Through a campaign of events, the organization is hoping to raise $75,000 for this special little girl.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the love and support we’ve received from the community and our friends,” said Faris.

Because of that support, Faris is faithful Brooklyn will be okay.

“For Brooklyn to be on the other side of this disease and live a long healthy life, it’s one of my prayers every day. I have a hard time imagining it, but I know when it becomes real it will be so sweet,” said Faris.

The sale will be held Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Service Over Self building at 2505 Poplar Avenue.

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