June 22, 1998
Community energizes to help family
A community fund-raising drive is being organized to help Valley resident Mark Heyting, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of bone marrow cancer. Mark is the husband of Sue Heyting, Stillwater Elementary School secretary. Mark is scheduled to begin a potentially life-saving treatment, known as a blood stem cell transplant, this summer. The cost of this treatment is approximately $20,000, none of which is covered by their insurance.
The family was caught in an insurance loophole, said family friend Deanne Haas. The illness was discovered while Heyting was switching insurance companies, she said. Haas and fellow Stillwater parent Kathy Nelson have started the Mark Heyting Benevolent Fund at Seafirst Bank to raise money and awareness for the transplant and have placed donation jars at many of the businesses in Carnation and Duvall. Donations may also be made at any Seafirst Bank.
Haas and Nelson also organized a huge garage sale that took place June 20, and will hold a raffle drawing during the Carnation 4th of July Celebration for a weekend get-away at a mountain cabin. "We told Sue not to worry about the money," Haas said. "We're off to a good start at obtaining what will be needed for the procedure."