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Local resident receives challenge grant

FALLBROOK — National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF) has awarded Sam Britton of Fallbrook a $500 challenge grant in recognition of the initial $5,000 he successfully raised.

In addition, a second grant of $1,000 has been awarded for reaching the $10,000 challenge grant goal.

Challenge grants are awarded to those who are raising funds for uninsured medical expenses related to their transplants.

The Britton family has already raised more than $30,000 toward their campaign goal of $100,000 for medical expenses, travel to the hospital and therapies not covered by insurance.

“We are so excited that Sam will be receiving ongoing adult stem cell transplant treatment for his autism,” commented Sam’s parents, Brad and Paulette Britton. “These stem cells are donated from umbilical cord blood that would normally be disposed of as medical waste. These are life-giving stem cells that we hope will bring Sam back to us whole.”

“We are pleased to be able to provide Sam Britton with the challenge grant,” stated NTAF executive director Lynne Sampson. “We know that the physical, emotional and financial challenges that await families who are undergoing an organ transplant can be overwhelming. NTAF knows that the unique American tradition of ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ will be key in helping the Britton family through this time.”

Sam is an elementary student in Fallbrook. A “fun”-raiser will be held for him on Saturday, October 17.

Tickets for the event can be purchased for $10. Call Marcy at (760) 728-5804. To donate auction items or help in any way, leave a message for Heidi Roderick at the same number.


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