Julia and Camasia Foltz gave a presentation Sunday to a local congregation of their journey with heart transplants.
The two spoke at Grace Community Church of Jasper, where Gerald Frye is the senior pastor. 20 year old Camasia got her heart on February 5 th of this year and is doing well. So well, in fact that she leads an active lifestyle.
Camasia told WITZ News after the Sunday service what activities she is involved in:
But, it’s not all fun and games for the young heart transplant recipient. Camasia talks about her restrictions:
Her mother Julia is also a heart transplant recipient. Both have a rare heart disease called Danon, which causes the heart to degenerate and eventually, fail. Julia received her heart in 2008 and is doing well, but during the Sunday presentation told of other family members who have lost their lives to the disease.
Julia says that they have a mission in life to tell others that organ donors don’t die in vain:
They both are involved in the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization supporting others who are seeking organ donors to help save lives.
Julia tells that they are both involved in Team Indiana, a group of transplant recipients, donors and donor families to help promote transplant operations that give a second chance at life to those who need it most.
Team Indiana will also be involved in the 2014 Transplant Games in Texas. They are also involved in the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana and a special presentation on May 8 th between the Harlem Wizards and the Hoosier Heroes in a fun-filled night of basketball tricks at Chatard High School in Indianapolis to raise money for Team Indiana.
If anyone is interested in attending or making a $10.00 donation, you can reach Julia at 309-3532. They are also available for speaking engagements.