Fundraising nears goal for boy needing double-lung transplant

Sawyer Mobley, 10, is waiting on a double-lung transplant. Friends and family are helping raise $50,000 for medical expenses.

Fund-raising continues for a 10-year-old Columbia County boy who needs a double lung transplant.


Since August, $46,000 has been collected for Sawyer Mobley, who is waiting on a transplant at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

A magic show Thursday is expected to help reach the $50,000 goal.

At 7 weeks old, Mobley was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a chronic lung disease that causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs and other areas of the body.

His family moved to St. Louis in August to be near the hospital after he caught a virus that made the need for a transplant more urgent.

A fund of the Children’s Organ Trans­plant Association is collecting money for medical expenses and travel. A barbecue, yard sale, dinner and dance and a motorcycle ride have helped.

The magic show by Chad Crews will entertain children close in age to Sawyer, said organizer Debbie Callan, Sawyer’s first-grade teacher at Bel Air Elementary School.

“We have lots of hope that the needs are going to be met,” Callan said.

Several more fund-raisers are planned through May.

Even with the money on hand, the availability of a lung is beyond control of the family or fund-raising team, Callan said.

“We’re waiting for God’s perfect timing, the perfect lungs for Sawyer,” she said.


WHAT: Family Magic Show benefiting Sawyer Mobley

WHEN: Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Greenbrier High School auditorium, 5114 Riverwood Parkway

COST: $5 per person

MORE INFO: For advance tickets and a meal from Chick-fil-A before the show, e-mail before Monday.


WHAT: Barbecue dinner benefiting Sawyer Mobley and the Lydia Project

WHEN: Jan. 26, noon to 4 p.m.

WHERE: American Legion Post 192

COST: $8 per plate, pay in advance or at the door

MORE INFO: Deliveries will be made for orders of 10 or more; e-mail

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