The day Mason Bartholomew was born 14 months ago, he was life-flighted from Preston to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City with a heart defect. Eventually it was determined surgery would not save him and that he needed a heart transplant. Mason received a new heart a month ago. The family’s expenses continue to grow and Saturday (May 22) community organizers will stage a Hawaiian Luau Fundraiser and silent auction in Preston to benefit the Bartholomews. “During the time the family was waiting for baby Mason’s heart in Salt Lake, Mason’s dad (Daniel) was laid off from his job,” said fundraiser organizer Liz Pope. “Also, while Daniel was traveling back and forth from Preston to Salt Lake he was in a crash that totaled the family’s car. This family’s expenses just continue to mount up.” Pope said the family is planning to bring Mason home in a few months but they’ve been told their home is not up to code to bring the baby into the home. “The money we raise will go towards needed repairs so they can bring him home,” said Pope. Mason remains in Salt Lake City and Pope said while there have been problems with blood clots, there is no sign that his body is rejecting the heart. “The family is tickled with his progress,” said Pope. “His coloring is back, he’s starting to try to walk, he’s always giggling. It’s just an amazing thing to see what’s happened since he received his new heart.” Saturday’s fund raising event is 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Robinson Building (186 West 200 North) at the Preston Fairgrounds. “It’s an authentic Hawaiian Luau with Hawaiian dancers. Pounders Grill in Logan has been kind enough to do all the food for us. So many people have been so good to help, a pig was donated and lots of chicken. As part of the entertainment we’ll be doing some live auction items, also.” Pope said among items for auction are a Van Halen album signed by members of the band, a Thriller album signed by Michael Jackson, boxing gloves signed by Sylvester Stallone plus signed pictures from the entire cast of “24” and other items signed by Johnny Depp, Johnny Cash and others. Admission is $15 for those 13 and above, $8 for children 6-12 and $2 for children 3-5.
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