Local Man Needs New Heart

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Doctors told Randy Smith he should’ve died from the massive heart attack he suffered back in 2006. But he survived the event, open-heart surgery and a few bouts of congestive heart failure. He is now a candidate for a heart transplant. Health officials estimate the total cost of the procedure to be about $1 million.

Smith’s family is working with the National Foundation for Transplants to raise money to help pay for travel bills to his doctor in Portland and related medical bills. If you eat at the Grants Pass Applebees on September 23, 2013 between 5 p.m and 8 p.m., a portion of your meal ticket can go toward helping Smith get a new heart. Just email his wife Norma at heart.for.randy@gmail.com to ask for the voucher.