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Wayne County Family Turns to the Community for Help with Medical Bills

Posted July 26, 1999 7:00 a.m. EDT

— For people who need organ transplants, the cost can be staggering, especially for medication. OneWayne Countyfamily is racing the clock to raise money.

James Coley needs a kidney and pancreas transplant. Without it, doctors say he could die. Medicare will pay for the operation, but Coley will need expensive medication for the rest of his life.

TheNational Foundation for Transplantssuggests that families like the Coleys have $10,000 set aside to pay for costs associated with the transplant, and that's $10,000 the Coleys do not have.

Raising money for Coley's transplant is a family affair. The Coleys are asking business owners in Goldsboro to place donation cans in their stores. The response has been positive.

"It is life-changing. It is a worthy operation that can change someone's life," said store owner John Berry.

"I could totally go blind, or I could eventually die," James Coley said.

Coley, 38, has struggled with diabetes since he was 4 years old. The father of three girls was once a softball coach and held a full-time job until his health got in the way.

"To try to live a normal life, to get back into coaching, to become more active with my family, it would be an unbelievable feeling," Coley said.

Coley could get a kidney as soon as 6 months from now. By then, his family hopes to raise $10,000 for his medication.

"Please help because I don't want my husband to suffer any more," Amy Coley said. "I want him to live a long life."

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can send it to: The James E. Coley Fundat the National Foundation for Transplants1102 Brookfield, Suite 200Memphis, Tenn. 38119

Money for the medication will be paid directly out of the fund toDuke Hospital.