Heartwarming Help Five-year-old Marshall Weselowsky loves to play with toy cars and planes, watch his favorite Disney movies until they’re memorized and use his newly-found sarcastic wit to amuse his parents, Laurie and Lance. The residents of Rosthern, Saskatchewan, Canada, are resting easier now that Marshall has an internal pacemaker. Marshall was just 6 days old when he underwent his first of several heart surgeries. Born with a rare combination of three distinct heart abnormalities, his heart has three chambers instead of four, the pulmonary valve and artery leading to his lungs were nonexistent and his heart is positioned as a mirror image of a normal heart. The family has endured several scares, including cyanotic episodes that caused him to turn blue due to lack of oxygen. After the last episode, doctors determined that Marshall urgently needed a pacemaker. “We had been unaware that during rest Marshall’s heart rate would drop to a dangerously low 30 beats per minute. It was like an overused rechargeable battery and is unable to ever fully recharge,” says Lance. The Weselowskys were stunned to discover that Marshall first needed a $3,000 dental surgery. The link between dental plaque and heart disease requires that patients have dental procedures completed before thoracic surgery. When the Rosthern Lions heard about the family’s pressing need, they quickly took action. Lance explains, “The fear and unbearable emotional weight that a parent of a chronically ill child endures is impossible to describe. I cannot express the feeling of that moment when we found out the Lions would cover the cost of the surgery. Thinking about it still brings tears to my eyes.” Lions, has your club heard from a recipient of your service or charity? Tell us about the feedback you’ve received from those whose lives you’ve changed for the better. Email a brief description to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Thank You” in the subject line.
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