The Edmond Sun

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February 5, 2009

Community comes together to support family in need

EDMOND — Teresa Dixon’s friends and family have stepped up to support her in a time of need, and are seeking more help from the community.

Dixon, a longtime Edmond resident, is in need of a liver transplant, which will cost millions. About seven friends who have been recipients of Dixon’s love and compassion during the years have formed a committee to help the family raise funds to pay for the transplant and anti-rejection medication, which Dixon will have to take for the rest of her life following the procedure.

The loving mom of two sons, Steven and Ryan, said she was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease about 13 years ago but was expected to be OK for years to come. However, on Oct. 3 Dixon became violently ill and had to be hospitalized. The kidney disease had caused polycystic liver disease, which only happens to about 8 percent of those with polycystic kidney disease, Dixon said.

“It attacks the liver and causes it to grow and grow,” she said. “It will cause problems with other organs until it shuts down.”

The only cure is a liver transplant, and even then her body might reject it, Dixon said. She currently is on a waiting list with the estimate that a liver will be donated for her surgery sometime between June and December.

Dixon’s friends speak of her faith and how if anyone is ever sick, she and her husband Steve are the first to arrive with food.

“They’d do anything for you,” said Pat Lilly, a friend and neighbor.

Sharon Wright, co-chairwoman of the fundraising committee, said Dixon always puts herself second to others.

“Teresa is very strong,” she said. “She is a very loving and nurturing person.”

Dixon, a licensed in-home childcare provider, has owned Ms. Teresa’s Tiny Tots In-Home Childcare for 15 years and has worked with about 25 children over the years.

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