Misti Ennis

Royse City Misti Ennis has been organizing local fundraiser events for her niece, Nevaeh. Next to her is a stack of furniture that was donated to a garage sale that she organized last year.

The family of Nevaeh Ennis, a toddler in Royse City who is recovering from a serious heart condition, is making a major push in fundraising efforts in light of National Donate Life Month.

The Children’s Organ Transplant Association has been helping Nevaeh and her family by sponsoring events and offering matching donations.

National Donate Life Month was started in 2003 by a nonprofit called Donate Life America. A major purpose of the month is the raise awareness on the number of people who need transplants. The organization also hosts events to promote organ donor registration.

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that 1,895 children received organ transplants. According to information on the department website, almost 2,000 people under the age of 18 are currently on the national transplant waiting list.

Marian and Leelan Ennis, Nevaeh’s parents, found out five months after their daughter was born that she would need a heart transplant to live.

Though she received her transplant, Nevaeh has already overcome several unexpected hurdles due to complications from her surgery. May will be her one-year anniversary of her heart transplant.

“Even just changing her and just seeing her scars now, it’s like she’s a warrior that went through battle,” Marian Ennis said in a previous interview.

Her family began organizing fundraisers at local restaurants and held garage sales and 5K runs throughout 2018 to help raise money for costs related to Nevaeh’s recovery. The transplant association has pledged to provide a 10 percent matching donation of $2,500 if “Team Nevaeh,” the name of the local campaign, raises $25,000. The team has raised more than $15,000 so far.

According to a blog post published on the transplant association website, Nevaeh has been slowly improving her ability to move and make sounds with her vocal cords.

And though she has improved dramatically, she is still dealing with inflammation issues and is preparing for new treatments and procedures.

“I cannot even believe it has almost been a year! WOW the amazing things God has done for our family!” a portion of the post read.

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