Longview, TX (Longview News Journal) — Organizers of a campaign to provide a 10-year-old Marshall boy with a life-saving heart transplant are launching an online campaign Monday.
“Anything for Anthony” is a community campaign in honor of Anthony Herman, 10. Just days after he was born Anthony was diagnosed with critical aortic valve stenosis, a disease of the heart valves in which the opening of the aortic valve is narrowed. Nine days after being born, Anthony had his first open-heart surgery.
Anthony has now had nine open-heart surgeries or heart-related procedures, said Karen Partee, a volunteer with the campaign. Doctors say the types of surgeries Anthony has been having throughout the years will no longer suffice and what he really needs is a new heart.
Family friends and fellow church members of Anthony’s are working with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association to raise $60,000 for transplant-related expenses, Partee said.
“We want to raise the full amount within a six week period,” she said. “We are on track to do that by Easter with just over 85 percent already raised.”
On Monday, anyone who donates through the Children’s Organ Transplant Association site in honor of Anthony will be entered into a drawing for a our-night stay at The Falls Village in Branson, Mo., in August. All proceeds from the online drawing will benefit the association’s campaign in honor of Anthony.
Volunteers Bryan Partee and Julie Willis are leading the community effort with the association to raise funds for transplant-related expenses. Fundraising activities have taken place throughout the month to raise funds for the campaign.
“Every dollar we raise will go toward transplant-related expenses,” said Willis, community coordinator for the local association campaign. “This campaign has already shown the world what we can do when we come together in East Texas. People have been so generous — far beyond what’s been asked of them to help a child they don’t even know.”
The “Anything for Anthony” Children’s Organ Transplant Association community campaign launched Feb. 14 with simple requests for $1.40 contributions. March 1 was designated as “Anything for Anthony” Day by the Marshall City Commission, and also marked the launch of the campaign’s social media push to spread the awareness and appeal world-wide.
Bryan Partee, the campaign’s webmaster, is overseeing the social media activities and has orchestrated the collection of photos of people from around the world clasping their hands together in the shape of a heart as a show of support for Anthony’s transplant journey. A video of more than 500 photos can be seen on the “Anything for Anthony” Facebook page and the association website.
To learn more about the community fundraising activities of the “Anything for Anthony” Children’s Organ Transplant Association campaign in honor of Anthony, to make a contribution, or to view the “heartful hands” photos from around the world, log on to www.cotaforanthonypatrickh.com .