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Tallahassee church hosts fundraiser for woman in need of liver transplant

Denise Coats recently diagnosed with liver failure
Posted at 11:40 PM, Mar 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 06:59:22-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (WTXL) — For two years, Denise Coats has been battling with health issues.

When members of the 1200 Church in Tallahassee heard about her struggle. They wanted to step up and help with A Night of Hope.

Coats was diagnosed with Liver Failure Disease, but her church is determined to get her through this difficult time.

Members hope the money raised Sunday night will be enough to help cover those costly medical expenses.

"I want to be a social worker... that's my dream," said Coats.

Coats was well on her way to completing that dream when life took a turn.

"I was in college sick, I just got sick in school," said Coats.

Two years ago, Coats was diagnosed with Liver Failure Disease and a new liver is necessary for her survival.

Her church has been a support for her along the way.

Now they are doing more than she expected raising money to keep her going.

"Right now it's helping to pay for her insurance medical insurance and medications and she'll continue to need it for quite a while," said Sandy Thompson.

Sunday people came together for a night of hope with kind words to keep Coats going during such a difficult time.

"Her faith, her joy, her enthusiasm for life is incredible," one couple said.

That joy is felt by everyone she meets.

"Denise is just, she’s everybody’s friend. She is the warmest, sweetest persons you could ever hope to meet," said Thompson.

Words like those showed Coats just how much this community cares.

"I was just blown away. It started back from just finding out I needed a liver transplant look to today. I mean they're throwing me a concert I mean who does this," said Coats.

She says her faith is why she is still here today and after one year of keeping the faith she got a call.

"I finally because God is amazing, am on the liver transplant list," said Coats.

On the list and another step closer to reaching her dreams.

If you would like to help Denise by making a donation click here.