Riley’s Heart Heroes come through

Published 11:02 am Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The approximate 375 people who attended the Riley’s Heart Heroes Benefit Dance on Saturday at the Fairgrounds were moved to donate $18,000 to help the family of Riley Porter. The child, who is almost 3, was born with a congenital condition that stopped the left-side of her heart from properly growing.

Riley is also on a waiting list for a heart transplant, which could cost from $400,000 to $800,000.

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Riley Porter, 2, draws a winning raffle ticket from her aunt, Lucy Little. With them are Riley’s aunt, Amanda Turner and mother, Samantha Turner.

Family and friends of the girl and her parents, Quinton Porter and Samantha Turner, decided to help with the future expense and put on the fundraiser.

Kim Edwards, a great-aunt who organized the dance, reported on Tuesday afternoon that $18,000 was collected; Hickory Knoll performed the music.

“We’re still collecting money,” said Edwards, who also mentioned that for the auction one puppy was sold for $800.

She added that an account has been opened at Farmers Bank where people may make direct contributions.

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