Event supports man waiting for heart transplant

Darren Cowie, a farmer in the Marengo area, was born with a congenital heart defect

Kenneth Brown
of The Crossroads

People from several communities came together in Marengo last weekend to help raise money for a man who is waiting for a heart transplant.

Darren Cowie, a farmer in the Marengo area, was born with a congenital heart defect known as transposition of the greater artery. Cowie is on a list of people waiting for a transplant and a phone call could come at any time if a matching donor heart becomes available.

The Cowie family (back row left to right) Fontana and Cole German and (front row) Darren, Abby, 11, and Tanya Cowie. They’re waiting for a call for Darren to have a heart transplant. A fundraiser was held for the family on March 10 at the Marengo Community Hall, where the photo was taken. Fontana and Cole, along with Hayley German (not in photo) are Tanya’s children from a previous marriage, but they are very close with Darren.

Several friends and family came together to organize a fundraiser to help Cowie and his family with the extraordinary expenses they face from taking trips to Edmonton, medications and other expenses. The fundraiser took place on March 10 at the Marengo Community Hall.

A total of 230 tickets were sold for the steak supper, according to an organizer, and more people attended the event later in the evening for the entertainment. A silent auction and a raffle helped to raise money at the event.

After the supper and a brief program, Mitch Larock and the 4:54 Band hit the stage to perform for the rest of the event. Organizers obtained information on the Saskatchewan Transplant Program and brochures were placed on every table in the hall. The organizers also wanted to raise awareness about the importance of becoming an organ donor.

For more on this story, please see the Mar. 16 print edition of The Cross Roads. transplant

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