Friday, July 17, 2009

$80,000 raised for a 14-year-old boy in need of a lung transplant

I've seen many creative fundraising initiatives to help patients in need of an organ transplant to help them pay for it but this is right up there with the best of them. Organizers were able to solicit donations of unique items to be auctioned off and it seems that the bidders were willing to dig deep into their pockets. Well done!

The Dallas Morning News

Associated Press

Duck decoys donated from people all over the nation were sold at an auction in Larose that raised $80,000 for a 14-year-old boy in need of a lung transplant.

Dylan Danos, an incoming freshman at South Lafourche High, has cystic fibrosis. The disorder has weakened his lungs to the point that a transplant is necessary for survival.

About 200 duck decoys were sold at Sunday's acution to raise money for the as-yet unscheduled transplant at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. The decoys were donated by carvers from across the country. Some also came from Nova Scotia, Canada. Other auction items included collectible posters, stays at luxury hotels and restaurants and ice chests filled with bottled water.

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