Haleigh Jo Campbell needs a new liver and kidney. But first, she needs money.
Eight-year-old Haleigh, a Chandler third-grader, was born with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease, a rare disorder also affecting the liver.
She was the guest of honor Saturday at a fundraiser at Vista Monterey Park in Mesa.
An auction, garage sale and pancake breakfast helped raise money for the operation Haleigh needs, which isn’t completely covered by insurance.
Haleigh is waiting to be put on a waiting list for the double transplant at Stanford University Medical Center in California.
"We have financial advisers at Stanford," said Cindy Madueno, Haleigh’s mother. "They’re working to figure out how much the insurance will cover and how much we need to raise on our own."
Debbie Pugh, Haleigh’s aunt, organized Saturday’s events. Her personal goal, she said, is $150,000.
Pugh, who lives near Vista Monterey Park, recruited nearby residents to help raise money for Haleigh’s operation.
"Haleigh’s Helpers" raised $15,700 at the breakfast. That brought fundraising efforts to $26,700.
The fund-raising began in early August with a single carwash, where the Helpers raised about $2,000. After that success, they had another carwash that brought in about $5,000.
Some of her classmates at Goodman Elementary School held a bake sale and raised $220. On Friday, the school had a "hat day," where students could pay $1 or more to wear a hat to school for the day. They raised $700 for Haleigh.
Donations can be made at any Bank One location under account number 1601632696.