West Seattle girl gets Halloween 'treat' that will save her life

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by MIMI JUNG / KING 5 News

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Posted on October 31, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 31 at 6:20 PM

A West Seattle girl is getting quite a treat this Halloween.  After battling chronic kidney disease and enduring dialysis, 2 year-old Evelyn Sherman received a new kidney Wednesday at Seattle Children's Hospital.

The donor?  Her father.

"I'm excited to do this.  It's a long time coming," said Keith Sherman.

While Evelyn is upbeat and seems like an average toddler, her mother says life has been anything but normal.

"She's never really eaten a meal and enjoyed it because her kidney disease does something weird with her appetite.  I can't wait to see her sit down and enjoy a full meal with us," said Julianne Sherman.

The cost of the transplant and ongoing medical costs are overwhelming, so the family is working with Children's Organ Transplant Association to raise money to help with transplant-related expenses.

Friends launched a campaign on Halloween night called "Trick or Treat for Transplant" and passed out flyers, encouraging people to give to the fund.  They more hoping to raise $100,000.

"Transplants are astronomically expensive.  I've read it can cost $500,000 for the transplant and ongoing medical costs," said Tarah Voss, friend of the family.

Donations are tax deductible and 100% of donations will go toward transplant-related expenses.

"It's funny, Halloween never meant anything to me.  Dressing up is fun, but this will be something very special to celebrate every year," said Evelyn's mom Julianne.

For more information on how to help Evelyn, visit www. COTAforEvelynS.com.

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