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Cattle donations will help child who needs heart

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A call is going out to all cattle owners asking them to part with an animal for a fundraising sale to benefit a teen who is awaiting a heart transplant at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
Angus Standridge, 13, is hospitalized and his ailing heart is being helped by a Berlin Heart Pump. The pump is an external device connected by tubes to Standridge’s heart to help it move blood while he waits for a new heart.
Friends of the family saying they realize there will likely be a tremendous gap between what insurance will pay and the amount of the teen’s bill, not to mention the family’s daily expenses in coping with his condition, have arranged to have a cattle auction with donated animals on Monday, April 15 at Ocala Livestock Auction. But first the animals must be taken to Thomas Cattle Company in Williston on Sunday, April 14. Any type of cattle will be accepted and 100 percent of the proceeds of the sale will be paid to Craig Standridge, Angus Standridge’s father.
Angus is the son of the late Michelle Blauser Standridge of Dunnellon, and the adopted son of Jennifer Standridge. The couple have three other children.
For more information on the fundraiser, call Mike Joyner at 352-572-4098.