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Fundraiser planned for transplant patient

Volunteers are hosting a jamboree April 14 to help Newark resident Tracy Elliott who needs a double-lung transplant.

The event will run from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Newark Elks Lodge 1249, 233 S. Main St., Newark, Wayne County. Admission is $5 per person and the event will include live entertainment from four local bands, as well as a special guest.

Elliott, 48, began experiencing breathing difficulties in 2000 while walking. The average double-lung transplant, according to a release, costs about $800,000, and even with health coverage, Elliott still faces significant medical expenses related to the transplant. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and expensive daily anti-rejection medications.

To help alleviate the financial burden, Elliott turned to the National Foundation for Transplants, a nonprofit organization that helps patients raise funds to pay for transplant-related expenses.

For more information, contact Bobbie Elliott at (315) 331-6948 or

To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Elliott, send a contribution “in honor of Tracy Elliott” to the NFT New York Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Secure donations also can be made online at Donors should click on “Find an NFT Patient” to locate Elliott.