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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) -  An update now on a story you first heard on KMOX last month — support for the family of a sick St. Charles girl continues to grow.

Vivian Lemire’s only 16-months-old but she’s already had both of her kidneys removed as she battles a rare illness called polycystic kidney disease.

Doctors at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant and family, friends and supporters of the Lemire family have put together a campaign to raise $50,000 to go toward that expensive procedure.

Enter Adrian Paul, of TV’s “Highlander” fame.

“He has a charity called the Peace Fund for assisting charities that are underfunded,” explains Tami Joyce with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), spokesperson for the Lemire family. “They’ve taken an interest in Vivian and for the month of April she is their COTA poster child.”

Speaking with KMOX last month, Joyce described little Vivian as a “little fighter girl with spunk and sweet as all get-out.”

People who have since found the family’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Viviansjourney) are also falling for the “little fighter girl”.

“Vivian is sooo cute!” writes one poster on the website, while another adds “Hoping all the prayers are answered for this angel! 0:)”.

“Vivian’s been doing well…she has not had any in-patient stays over the last month,” Tami Joyce explains. “She is still attending dialysis four days a week.”

Joyce says there is a meeting Thursday night for volunteers to help the Lemire family in their fund-raising effort and they’re hoping more people turn out.

Volunteers are also busy arranging a Trivia Night/Silent Auction fundraiser for October.

You can learn more about the ongoing effort to fund a kidney transplant for 1-year-old Vivian Lemire at www.cotaforvivianl.com and more about actor Adrian Paul’s website featuring Vivian at  www.facebook.com/Viviansjourney#!/thepeacefund.

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