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Fundraiser Tonight For Vivian Lemire, 18-Month-Old Kidney Patient

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Vivian Lemire of St. Charles, who's awaiting a kidney transplant, plays with her new favorite toy - a yellow dump truck - which she chose over a pink car. The latest fundraiser for Vivian happens tonight in O'Fallon MIssouri. (Family photo)

Vivian Lemire of St. Charles, who’s awaiting a kidney transplant, plays with her new favorite toy – a yellow dump truck – which she chose over a pink car. The latest fundraiser for Vivian happens tonight in O’Fallon MIssouri. (Family photo)

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) -  KMOX News has been following the story of little Vivian Lemire, the St. Charles girl who’s waiting for a kidney transplant.

Vivian, now nearly 18 months old, is still undergoing dialysis three times a week, according to Tami Joyce with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) and a spokesperson for the Lemire family.

“She is still waiting for the go-ahead to be put on the transplant list,” Joyce tells KMOX News. “She has not been as of yet but we feel like it will be very soon now.”

Meanwhile, the growing effort to raise $50,000 to help the Lemire family cover medical expenses continues.

The latest fundraiser happens Thursday night, July 12th, from 4-8 p.m. at the Chick-fil-A in O’Fallon Missouri (2016 Hwy. K).

Mention COTA for Vivian L.and Chick-fil-A will donate 15% of their proceeds to the cause.

The big event happens October 13th with a trivia night and silent auction to close the gap towards that big 50-K goal.

Joyce says despite her ongoing ordeal, Vivian is developing a vivacious personality.

“She’s a spunky little girl,” Joyce explains. “She’s at an age now where there’s a lot of laughing and she has a mouthful of teeth coming in. Her family took her out to pick out a toy the other day and it was between a pink car and a yellow dump truck. She chose the dump truck.”

Meantime they’re still looking for volunteers for the October 13th trivia night fundraiser.

Go to www.cotaforvivianl.com for more information on that, and of course how you can contribute in other ways to Vivian’s transplant and recovery.

The family also has a much-visited Facebook page: Children Like Vivian.

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