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With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure.  The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses.  In Norcross, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local woman, Vonchelle Knight. 

Born in 1968, Vonchelle was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease.  The doctors at Piedmont Transplant Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant.  An estimated $15,000 is being raised by Norcross volunteers.

As of September 1, 2016, Vonchelle has been on the UNOS transplant list for 6 years waiting on an “O” blood type kidney donor.  She suffers with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and is currently on dialysis.  Her transplant team has decided that it is time to remove her native kidneys because they are...



Update on my health

It has been 3 months since my last blog. First I have thank the people that continue to donate to COTA in my honor. Donations that have been personal and the jewelry vendors from my job, "God Bless You". I am sure you visit the Wells Tower and I Continue Reading »

Update on My Health since March

I feel very blessed that as of July, I was able to go back on PD at home.  I had developed ascites and a ventrical hernia.  They thought that the ascites was linked to my liver, but all is well and it went away after a month. I was left with a Continue Reading »

March another Surgery

Hi everyone. I just wanted to add another update regarding my health. I am scheduled for another surgery on March 28 which is in 2 days. I developed a scar hernia from my nephrectomy last year so they have to go in and put a mesh across my stomach. Continue Reading »

February 2 - It's a New Year!

Hello every one.  I apologize for taking so long to blog.  But when my surgeon said that the first 3 weeks would be my worst, she was not kidding. Surgery was hard but going through Hemodialysis is even harder.  I am thankful that I am back on Continue Reading »

Successful surgery!!!!

Hello everyone. I wanted to let you know that all the prayers and support truly made a difference in the success of my surgery. While I was waiting to go to the OR, I remembered all the hugs, blessings and kind words I received on my last day at Continue Reading »

November 11 - Update for surgery

I just wanted to take a minute and update my blog on my health issues. Piedmont Transplant Team has scheduled my surgery for Nov. 30th for my nephrectomy "removal of native kidneys".  Dr. Gooden will be doing my surgery and she has a high Continue Reading »

Crafts by Caya fundraising

My daughter, Caya Knight has created a small business called "Crafts by Caya".  She makes wire bonsai' trees and sells them around town at arts and crafts fairs and word of mouth.  She is making the trees to spread awareness about PKD patients and Continue Reading »

How You Can Help

If you could help make a miracle, would you? Continue Reading »


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