Photo submitted Gilly Knott (front row, center) is surrounded by Gilly’s Gang, those responsible for raising $9,500 to help with her medical costs. Gilly needed surgery on both her hips and is now home from Denver. She will need dialysis for a total of six months. Once she completes that, she will be ready for a kidney transplant and will be placed on a waiting list.Friends of Gilly Knott wanted to help her in a meaningful and practical way as she faces some major health challenges. Gilly recently had surgery to place pins in both hips. Her body has a lack of calcium due to a kidney condition she has had since birth, but was just discovered at the end of May.
She is now home from Denver Children's Hospital and is receiving dialysis. After six months of dialysis, she will be eligible to be put on the waiting list for a new kidney. Gilly is 12 years old and a sixth grader at Crawford Elementary School.
Gilly's friends from Crawford Community United Methodist Church, Crawford School, Crawford Pioneers 4-H Club and the community decided to put on a musical to raise funds to help with her substantial medical costs.
Gilly's Gang includes Grace, Naomi, Faith, Sarah, Rachel and Karen and James Ayer; Ethan, Ahna, Nathaniel, Addy, Taylee and Sondra and Denny Guy; Grace, Sam and Janetta and Cameron Johnston; Malykai, Zephaniah and Michelle and Ron Klaseen; Carter, Sidney, Emme and Stephanie and Cody Neff; Colton, Jace, Blaine and Amy and Gary Peebles; Theresa Davis, pianist; Louise and Jerry Neff; and members of the Crawford Community United Methodist Church.
Gilly's Gang interpreted and adapted a musical by Dottie Rambo and David Huntsinger called, "Down By The Creek Bank." They did two performances, one on June 30 and again on July 1. Over 175 people attended. A total of $9,500 was raised thanks to the generosity of the community and an anonymous local business that matched every donation over $100. The business gave $3,500. Everyone was thrilled with the response. It's a great start to helping the Knott family meet their mounting medical costs.
Gilly's Gang would like to thank the community for their incredible support.
Gilly's parents are Larry and Heather Knott.
"Thank you to all the wonderful friends and family and the wonderful community that has been so great in supporting Gilly and her family through this time," Heather Knott said. "We couldn't live in a better place than the North Fork Valley, especially Crawford." Gilly's illness was sudden and unexpected. "It's been quite an ordeal for her."
Heather said Gilly is doing better over the past few weeks. She has more color now and more energy. "We've noticed a big difference," Heather said. "I thought it was amazing for all her friends to want to do [the musical]. What great friends she has."
If you would like to make a donation to help with Gilly's medical expenses, send it to Crawford Community United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 415, Crawford, CO 81415. Please write Gilly in the memo line.