Locals Raise Cash to Save Toddler’s Life

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MEDFORD, Ore. – It’s a bittersweet birthday for a very special young girl. At three years old, helen lynn has suffered enough for a lifetime.

“You don’t think your child at the age of 20 or 40 is going to have to go through this, let alone when they’re two,” said Lauren Lynn, Helen’s mother.

Helen was diagnosed with end stage renal failure last year after an E. Coli infection damaged her kidneys.

On Saturday, family members and supporters celebrate her third birthday by raising money for the transplant they hope will save her life.

“It takes a village to raise a healthy child, it will take a lot more than that to raise a child like Helen,” said family friend and fundraiser Dana Schallheim.

Now a new donor is joining that effort. Over the next month, Yogurt Hut will donate 10% from every yogurt sold in Helen’s name.

But that’s just the latest in a long line of gestures.

In the past weeks, multiple people have commented on the Newswatch 12 Facebook page offering money and even offering to donate kidneys to save Helen’s life.

“It’s just those kinds of random acts of kindness that are just very heartwarming and amazing,” said Lauren Lynn.

But there’s still a long way to go.

The family has raised about a fifth of the $75,000 dollars they need to pay deductibles on the operation, as well as ongoing treatments throughout Helen’s lifetime.

“She will have lifelong medical needs and those needs are expensive,” said Schallheim.

If you’d like to take advantage of yogurt hut’s fundraising drive, be sure to mention Helen next time you order a yogurt. To make a donation, you can view Helen’s fundraising page here.