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Bowling fundraiser planned for boy awaiting heart transplant

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  • Owen Payton, 6, of an unincorporated area near West Chicago, is awaiting a heart transplant as his family tries to raise $60,000 for costs associated with the operation. A bowling fundraiser planned for 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Bowling Green Sports Center, 243 Roosevelt Road in West Chicago will help raise money for the cause.

       Owen Payton, 6, of an unincorporated area near West Chicago, is awaiting a heart transplant as his family tries to raise $60,000 for costs associated with the operation. A bowling fundraiser planned for 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Bowling Green Sports Center, 243 Roosevelt Road in West Chicago will help raise money for the cause.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • The family of 6-year-old Owen Payton, shown here in 2011 riding a therapeutic bike, is trying to raise $60,000 for expenses related to a heart transplant Owen is waiting to receive.

       The family of 6-year-old Owen Payton, shown here in 2011 riding a therapeutic bike, is trying to raise $60,000 for expenses related to a heart transplant Owen is waiting to receive.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Months before he was born, doctors knew Owen Payton had a serious heart defect. The 6-year-old's family is trying to raise $60,000 for a heart transplant he is waiting to receive. In the background is a play set Owen was given from the Make-A-Wish Foundation in fall 2011.

       Months before he was born, doctors knew Owen Payton had a serious heart defect. The 6-year-old's family is trying to raise $60,000 for a heart transplant he is waiting to receive. In the background is a play set Owen was given from the Make-A-Wish Foundation in fall 2011.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Owen Payton, 6, of an unincorporated area near West Chicago, rides a therapeutic bike he received for Christmas 2011 from Project Mobility. Owen's family is raising money with a bowling fundraiser Sunday for a heart transplant Owen is waiting to receive.

       Owen Payton, 6, of an unincorporated area near West Chicago, rides a therapeutic bike he received for Christmas 2011 from Project Mobility. Owen's family is raising money with a bowling fundraiser Sunday for a heart transplant Owen is waiting to receive.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

 
 

Owen Payton has spent almost one entire year of his six years on Earth on a transplant list, awaiting a new heart to replace the defective one he was born with.

The West Chicago-area boy has undergone several surgeries to help with his congenital heart defect, a complex single ventricle heart, but his family is praying and saving for at least one more -- a heart transplant.

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Owen will be the beneficiary of a bowling fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Bowling Green Sports Center, 243 Roosevelt Road in West Chicago, as his family aims to raise $60,000 for costs associated with the operation.

Thirty percent of ticket fees and money generated from raffles at the event will go to the Children's Organ Transplant Association, a nonprofit that helps communities raise funds for transplant-related expenses.

"Whatever money we raise, 100 percent of that is used for transplant-related expenses and Owen can access that account for his lifetime," his mother, Christina Payton said.

Tickets available at the door for $20 include three games of bowling, shoe rental and unlimited pizza and pop. Valentines gift baskets and other items will be raffled off as well.

Doctors told Owen's parents last February he needed a heart transplant, and he was on the list by March, his mother said. Family members started fundraising last fall with an event at Alley 64 in St. Charles, aiming to raise at least $1,000 from each event and bring in money from separate donations.

While Payton said the total cost of a heart transplant can rise to $1 million, The Children's Organ Transplant Association has set the family's goal at $60,000.

"COTA tries to guesstimate based on anything transplant-related that we would have to pay for -- prescriptions, co-pays for appointments, inpatient hospital stay costs," she said.

Heading into Sunday's fundraiser -- planned to coincide with national Congenital Heart Defect awareness week -- Payton said Owen's supporters are more than halfway to their goal with $32,700 raised.

"It's going to help us reach our goal, help us get closer," Payton said about the bowling event.

For details about Owen and the bowling fundraiser, visit facebook.com/HaveAHeart4Owen, or to donate, visit cotaforowenp.com

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