Superior Baby Fights For Her Life While Community Raises Money
Posted at: 09/23/2012 5:38 PM
| Updated at: 09/23/2012 10:42 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
A baby girl in Superior is suffering a rare, heart condition, and a benefit in Iron River helped raise money for the family.
Jessica Nowak was born in February and started having heart problems four months later. Doctors said one of her arteries was attached in the wrong place and her heart wasn't getting enough blood. She has had three stokes since she was born, and on September 27 Jessica's family will find out if she needs a heart transplant.
“She's up to five meds, twice a day,” Mother Jodi Eastman said. “It's hard to do anything.”
Eastman, Jessica's mom, is unable to work while caring for her daughter, and a benefit at the Northern Pines Golf Course in Iron River raised money to help her pay for medical expenses. The money was donated through a silent auction, meatball dinner and rounds of golf.
“Today we decided to have benefit to help the parents ,” Grandma Pegg Hoadley said. “We've got a lot of donations. People have been just fabulous in donating stuff.”
Hoadley organized the event and hoped to raise $8,000. The family has already collected $3,200 at other fund raisers in the Superior area. Eastman was very thankful the community in Iron River decided to come together and help.
“It's been amazing,” Eastman said. “They don't understand how much it helps out.”
Anyone who wants to donate money to the family can visit a Wells Fargo bank or a Chippewa Valley Bank. Accounts have been set up at both.