Community raises funds for heart transplant recipient - WKRN News 2

Community raises money for 10-year-old heart transplant recipient

Posted: Updated: March 4, 2013 09:49 AM

In January, 10-year-old Jamea Collins had a heart transplant after doctors discovered the little girl had a life threatening heart condition.

Now several weeks after the transplant, Jamea is thriving and the community is helping her and her family get back on their feet.

On Sunday, family, friends and even strangers gathered for a benefit dinner to help raise money for Jamea and her mother.

"Her mom had to leave her job, had to leave her place that they lived in and they're basically having to start over," Renee Bennett, a familyfriend told Nashville's News 2.

Bennett planned Sunday night's event and said since Jamea's transplant, she and her mother have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

Jamea is set to be released very soon despite not having a place for her and her mother.

"They can stay with family but the doctors are so concerned with germs so they [Jamea and her mother] definitely need their own place and that's whyI'm trying to raise as much money I can," Bennett said.

Bennett planned Sunday night's fundraiser and sold nearly 100 tickets.

All of the items for Sunday's benefit dinner were donated by local restaurants and vendors.

If you'd like to help Jamea, donations can be made at any Regions Bank c/o Margo Lee, Jamea's mother.

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