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Fundraiser set for Oct. 13 to help infant who received heart transplant

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YAKIMA — To help pay the medical expenses for an infant who recently received a heart transplant, his family is holding an Oct. 13 walkathon fundraiser at Franklin Middle School.

Six-month-old Iker Mateo Suarez Medina received the transplant Aug. 29 at Seattle Children’s, and is recovering. His transplant was paid for by the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, a national nonprofit organization, but the family needs help in future medical and medication costs.

The event is from noon to 5 p.m. at the middle school’s track at 410 S. 19th Ave., and the cost is $15 per adult. Children are free.

The family’s goal is to raise $50,000.

This event also ties into a larger effort to not only raise funds for other infants in similar situations, but also to shed light on the importance of being an organ donor, said Cindy Barajas, Iker’s aunt and local public information coordinator for the organ transplant association.

“It’s really important, especially getting the word out there and letting people know how important it is to be a donor,” she said. “We feel like for Iker, it’s just been a miracle.”

The family is seeking volunteers to help with the event. For more information, call Barajas at 509-573-3530.

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