Rootin' 4 Austin

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Supporters create bracelets to boost young liver transplant patient

Several Storm Lake families have come together in a fundraiser effort to support Austin Demers and his family as 14-year-old Austin continues a comeback from a recent emergency liver transplant.

Friends of Austin have created green "Rootin' 4 Austin" bracelets. Among the young people helping with the campaign are (pictured at right) - Front: Jordan Henningsen, Austin Demers, Jalen Henningsen Back: Tyler Munden, Andy Drey, Halie Larsen, Jill Wedeking .Not pictured: Ray Wedeking and Ryan Drey.

Braclets are $3 each and available at the following locations: Osweilers, Alta Elementary School, Hoffman's, Pantry Cafe, Central Bank, Rust Western Shed, Grand Central, Cutting Edge by Design, Total Concept, Heritage Banks/Aurelia, First Trust Bank/Aurelia.

Austin received his transplant June 19, and recently had to return to Omaha to battle an acute rejection situation, and is still dealing with a lack of immune system protection, but the outlook for the St. Mary's student is good.

Austin's mother, Patti, said that the family wishes to thank the entire community for the support they have felt. "It is very overwhelming and God has truly blessed us through all of this," she said.

An account has also been set up at Central Bank for donations to help cover some of the medical expenses. Donations can be sent to any of the four locations; PO Box 578, Storm Lake, IA 50588; PO Box 518, Cherokee, IA 51012; PO Box 776, Sioux City, IA 51102; or PO Box 188, Spirit Lake, IA 51360.

If you're an organ donor or register to become a donor, Central Bank will match your contribution and donate the matched funds to the Iowa Donor Network. Organ donor registration are available at Central Bank.

Visit for pictures and updates on Austin's progress.

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