Young Austin Demers of Storm Lake is celebrating his 15th birthday in style this week.
"Awesome Austin's Birthday Bash" is being staged on Thursday at St. Mary's School for Austin, who is making a comeback after a sudden liver failure forced an emergency transplant in June.
Friends and family of the Demers have planned the fundraiser birthday bash, with a meal, carnival and silent auction from 5:30-8:30 p.m. There will be a free-will donation for the meal. Water events will be set up outside, with plenty of fun games to play inside. Everyone is welcome to come help Austin celebrate while raising some funds to help offset some of the medical related costs.
Austin is recovering well from his ordeal and slowly regaining strengh; he has been able to return to school part-time, and even play a little bit of basketball.
Austin helped to design the t-shirts advertising the fundraiser event. He is also becoming something of a spokesperson for organ donation. As the shirts proclaim, "Miracles do happen."
"Rootin' for Austin" bracelets are also available to help the cause. They can be had at several locations including: Osweilers, Alta Elementary School, Hofftman's, Pantry Cafe, Central Bank, Rust Western Shed, Grand Central, Cutting Edge by Design, Total Concept, Heritage Bank/Aurelia, and First Trust Bank/Aurelia. Donations may also be made through any of the area Central Bank locations.
"We cannot thank all of you enough for everything," Austin's mother Patti said of the volunteer support. "There are no words that could express our gratitude for everyone's generosity."
* For more on Austin's experience, see caringbridge.org/visit/austindemers