June 29, 1998
Mark and Sue Heyting with son David and daughter Keri.
by Lisa Allen
Valley View Editor
A campaign to raise funds for a blood stem cell transplant for longtime Duvall resident Mark Heyting, ill with a rare form of bone marrow cancer, is close to meeting its goal of $20,000, organizer Deanne Haas said last week.
"It's been a community effort," she said. "The Valley has really turned out to support this family. We want to thank everyone who helped."
Mark was diagnosed with the disease last November while he was in the process of switching insurance companies. The new company said the illness wouldn't be covered until this coming November, but his doctor told him he couldn't wait.
Haas and Kathy Nelson, who have children at Stillwater Elementary School where Mark's wife Sue is a secretary, learned of the family's plight.
The pair, with help from Linda Williams who wrote flyers, went to work setting up a bank account and passed out donation jars in businesses. They then organized a community rummage sale that generated over $12,000.
By last week they had raised $15,217.
Last week was also a milestone for Mark, who began treatment with a 14-hour procedure at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He has been too ill to work at his job as a hardwood floor layer since his diagnosis.
"We hope to reach our goal with another $5,000 by July 4th," said Haas. Raffles for a weekend getaway at Lake Cle Elum and a new bicycle will be held at the Carnation 4th of July Celebration.
"Craig Crother, a Stillwater Elementary student, gave us a bicycle he won at a walk-a-thon," said Haas.
Three Beanie Babies donated by Kallander's in Duvall will be raffled off at 6 p.m on July 19, she added.
The Beanie Babies-Erin, Fortune and Wise-are on display at the store on Main Street. Tickets are $1 and may be purchased at the store.
Also, the Mark Heyting Benevolent Fund at Seafirst Bank is still open for donations.
"This has been such a positive experience," said Haas. "Over 100 people donated to the rummage sale...26 people spent hours working at the sale. So many have helped. It has made me feel so proud to be part of this community."