July 27, 1998
Mark Heyting fund reaches $19,200
by Lisa Allen
Valley View Editor
DUVALL--Resident Mark Heyting, who is undergoing a blood stem cell transplant procedure to treat a rare form of bone marrow cancer, is home from the hospital, family friends say.
"Mark is doing okay," said Kathy Nelson, who partnered with Deanne Haas in organizing a community fund-raiser for Heyting, whose insurance didn't cover the transplant.
"He has had most of the procedure, but the marrow has not been put back in yet," she said.
A Seafirst bank account, donation jars, a garage sale and raffle drawings have netted a total of $19,200.29 so far. The cost for the transplant is $20,000.
Nelson said she doesn't expect any further costs. Heyting's insurance goes into effect in November.
"Our goal is still to reach $20,000," Nelson said last week. "We are keeping the bank account open at Seafirst."
Carnation 4th of July benefit raffle drawing winners were: Patti West, who won the weekend getaway; Guy Becksrom, who won a bike; and Chistopher Fuller, age 4, who won books.
Kallander's Gifts in Duvall donated three Beanie Babies which were raffled off July 19, earning $650 for the fund. The prize went to Robin Bergillo.
Nelson said donation jars in businesses raised $1,452.22.
"We want to thank all the businesses who helped with the donation jars," she said. "The response was amazing."