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Troop 2714 helps pay for a new heart

Submitted by Genevieve O’Bryan Cottonwood

A beloved teacher, Joyce Bustamante, at Stargate Charter School has a granddaughter in need of a heart transplant. Delanee was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome or Shone’s Anomoly before she was born. She had her first open heart surgery when she was just 22 days old. Over the past 12 years Delanee’s condition has deteriorated. Recently, she was placed on the heart donor list and is currently undergoing the necessary work to be ready when there is a heart available. Once a heart is available, the family will need to mobilize quickly to get Delanee to the hospital. Following the surgery, Delanee will need a great deal of care from her entire family. As you can imagine, this is going to cost a great deal of money (early estimates are over $500,000 in medical expenses alone) and much of those expenses will not be covered by insurance.

The school has banded together to raise money for Delanee. The eight Daisies from Troop 2714 decided to use their profits from 2014 cookie sales to give to Delanee and her family. They presented her with a check for $225 at a schoolwide assembly on March 14. The school has raised over $17,000 as a community toward Delanee’s medical bills.

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