Fundraising event to honor Carmel Valley transplant patient

Kayla Jane LeMoine. Photo/Emma Brown

“We Got the Beat!” is a concert, dinner, and silent auction benefitting Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of Kayla Jane LeMoine, a Carmel Valley child who recently had a heart transplant. The event is planned for Saturday, Oct. 12, from 6:30-10:30 p.m., at Baleen Restaurant, Paradise Point. Kayla was 11 months old when she received a new heart on July 18 at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Funds are being raised to assist with the many transplant-related expenses that are not covered by medical insurance.

Enjoy the dinner, shopping the silent auction, and grooving to the hits of classic rock band Backstage Pass. All proceeds from the event will go to assist with transplant-related expenses. The cost of this event is $75 per person if purchased online by Oct. 5, and $100 per person at the door.

Kayla was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at the end of May. The LeMoine Family was told Kayla needed a heart transplant and that usually it takes from six to 12 months to find a donor. They were grateful for the gift of a new heart just a month after Kayla qualified for the transplant list. The LeMoine family needs an estimated $75,000 to pay transplant-related expenses.

“The family and friends of Kayla want to encourage everyone to attend “We Got the Beat!” and join in this evening of celebrating Kayla and her new heart,” said Jen Conway, chair of the event. “One-hundred percent of the profits from the ‘We Got the Beat!’ will go to COTA to assist with transplant-related expenses.” For tickets, visit and click near the bottom of Kayla’s home page.

For more information about “We Got the Beat,” or other fundraising and volunteer opportunities, please contact Jen Conway, 858-692-0417, or

Kayla’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), a national charity based in Bloomington, Indiana. COTA is dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses.