Fundraiser held to support Clifton family

February 17, 2013 by  

To help the family of a toddler undergoing an expensive heart operation, a fundraiser was held at The Village Mane located in Lafayette Village on February 10, organized by employee and friend of the family.

Clifton resident Lindsay Lobe has been in intensive care for more than 90 days following an eight-hour operation to fit a mechanical heart into the two-year-old child. The first of many bills recently arrived for $79,000, which was only partially covered by insurance.

Lindsay developed problems with her heart following an illness. Parvovirus, or ‘Fifth Disease’, causes a fever and skin rashes from which children generally recover. Lindsay and her sister Emily both developed the illness and Emily recovered. Complications may arise in one child in every 100,000, and Lindsay was that child.

Family friend Lou Bowie wanted to help and decided to hold the fundraising day. To address the financial side of the ordeal, the hair salon provided mini-massages, haircuts, tricky trays, door prizes, and manicures. The salon employees gave their time and 100% of the profits to help the family cope. Prior to the day, local printing services may have been used to produce posters and flyers advertising the event.

The family have additional bills to meet other than the medical bills, including travel to the hospital in Bronx and having to give up work to care for the children. Someone is at the hospital each night so that Lindsay is never alone.

Bowie has also set up the Lindsay Heart Fund so that donations may be made to the Lobe family.