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All for Austin

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Alta boy's idea to help raised $600 for Storm Lake boy who underwent liver transplant

Dylan Ockerman has never met Austin Demers, the Storm Lake boy who underwent a liver transplant last week at an Omaha hospital, but he is quite familiar with Austin's aunt, Jeannie Henningsen, who was his teacher during the past school year.

Dylan's mom, Jenny Marshall, told Dylan of the situation and immediately, Dylan said he wanted to help Mrs. Henningsen.

His first idea was to "collect pennies" for her, something the Alta students are all familiar with as part of the Children's Miracle Network fundraising they take part in for several months during the school year. Dylan, along with the other students, have seen how successful they can be by gathering pennies and how they add up, thanks to Brad Strader and Carrie Turnquist of the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center who speak with the students prior to their CMM fundraising.

Dylan's mom told him they wouldn't be able to raise money quick enough but she volunteered to have a bake sale and sell rootbeer floats at Monday's ball games.

She and her mother-in-law Nancy Marshall made a late night trip to the store the night before and Jenny baked and prepared some 20 dozen items in 12 hours for the bake sale. She also had some help from teachers Sherry Harms and Lisa Heschke.

And what a success it was! Some $600 was raised for the Demers family.

Dylan's teacher stopped by and told him how proud she was of him; he gave her a big smile. The support for the Demers family was awesome as many said, "keep the change." One special customer was Austin's grandmother - Delphine Demers, Storm Lake. She bought some treats and also showed appreciation. "What a thoughtful little boy," she said.

Dylan's mom, who went through a great deal of work, was glad to help and proud of her son for thinking of his teacher. they thank everyone for their support.

Austin is recovering and he may possibly be released July 3.

To check on his progress, go to:


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