"Picnic in the Park" to raise money for man's transplant fund - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/5/10

"Picnic in the Park" to raise money for man's heart transplant fund

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Enjoy a "Picnic in the Park" and help raise money for Jim Fortenberry, a former Covenant patient, who is on a transplant waiting list at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston.

The fundraiser, organized by the Covenant School of Nursing, will take place on Sunday, June 6 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Maxey Park, located at 30th and Oxford. Bring the entire family out to enjoy food, family games and live music.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Jim Fortenberry Heart Transplant Fund, National Foundations for Transplants.

In 2001, Fortenberry was involved in a go-cart accident that crushed a vertebra in his neck and dislodged two others. His heart began to fail at the site of the accident. Upon arrival at Covenant, Fortenberry underwent a surgery for cervical fusion. Four days later bypass surgery was performed.

Since then, Fortenberry has been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. Doctors have told him a heart transplant is essential to his survival.

A heart transplant costs approximately $750,000. Even with health coverage, Fortenberry faces significant medical expenses related to his transplant.

Fortenberry's daughter, Mandi Whitton, is a senior nursing student at the Covenant School of Nursing. Her fellow nursing students decided to organize the picnic in an effort to help raise money for Fortenberry's impending transplant.

Tickets for "Picnic in the Park" are $5 for children and $8 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the Covenant School of Nursing, 2002 West Loop 289, Suite 120 or at Covenant Guest Services, 3615 19th Street.

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