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Fund-raiser Friday at Roche Harbor for baby who needs heart transplant

Sophia Grace Krieg ... on the list for a heart transplant at Children
Sophia Grace Krieg ... on the list for a heart transplant at Children's Hospital.
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Doors open 5 p.m. Friday at Roche Harbor Pavilion for a spaghetti feed and auction to benefit Sophia Grace Krieg, a 6-month-old who is awaiting a heart transplant.

Sophia is the grand-niece of Debbie Sandwith.

Silent-auction items can be viewed from 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 6. The live auction is at 6:30.

Dinner tickets are available at the door: adults, $15; youth (6-12), $8; children 5 and younger, free.

Fund-raiser auction items include:
— Two-night stay at Earthbox Motel.
— 75-minute hot stone massage at Lavendera Day Spa.
— Lodging at the Hilton Hotel at SeaTac.
— Roche Harbor Resort lodging and spa package.
— Construction services.
— Towing packages.
— Tanning packages.
— Many other items and services that have been donated by dozens of merchants and vendors.

“Sophia is my great-niece (my brother’s granddaughter). Both her parents and grandparents grew up on San Juan Island. Today they make their home in Mount Vernon,” Sandwith wrote.

“At 11 weeks old (back in November 2009), she was rushed to Children’s Hospital and it was discovered she had an enlarged heart, later diagnosed as Pediatric Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM).

“After a month’s stay at Children’s, she was released before the holidays on medication therapy, which her little heart would not respond to. She was re-hospitalized the first week of February and gratefully was accepted by the board at Children’s as a good heart recipient and officially put on the ‘list’ Feb. 28. She and her parents will remain there until she receives a new heart.”

Sophia’s mom, Lacen, is making journal entries on the Caring Bridge Web site: www.caringbridge.org/visit/sophiagracekrieg.

“Keep her in your prayers — she is in the best of care, for that we are very grateful,” Sandwith said.

A trust fund has been established at Whidbey Island Bank, P.O. Box 1937, Friday Harbor 98250.

For more information, call Sandwith at 378-5562.

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