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Ceres vet to help raise funds for girl needing new heart
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American Pet Clinic of Ceres is doing its part to help raise funds for Modestan Judith Tamez who is in need of a heart transplant.

The daughter of John Tamez and Inez Barron was born on June 6, 2004, and diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Doctors at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles have recommended a life-saving heart transplant. An estimated $100,000 is being raised by volunteers but the cost of a transplant often exceeds $500,000.

The clinic, located in the Richland Shopping Center, 2531 Whitmore Ave., Suite A, is hosting a vaccination clinic and pet adoptions on Friday, May 24 with proceeds going toward the girl's expenses. The event is from 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Donations may also be mailed to the Children's Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403. Checks or money orders should be made payable to COTA, with "In Honor of Judith T" written on the memo line of the check.

Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Volunteers are also needed to assist with fundraising activities to help with transplant-related expenses. Individuals and groups interested in more information may contact Community Coordinator Kristy Padgett by calling her at 809-6460 or emailing