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Sandusky women fight for Weston

Tom Jackson • Feb 18, 2014 at 10:34 AM


Two-year-old Weston Vassallo and his family are still in Cleveland as he waits for a heart transplant. Weston has been doing physical therapy as he stays stable. A date of March 12 has been set for when the little boy can go back on the list for a new heart.

Tickets are still available, but limited, for Saturday's benefit. Look below for locations where you can still get tickets.



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Once a Blue Streak, always a Blue Streak.

A group of about a dozen women, many of them members of the Sandusky High School classes of 1998 and 1999, have rallied around Weston Vassallo and his family by setting up several fundraising efforts.

Helping with the effort are classmates Alonda Gant, Sybil Dendinger, Kristy Kaufman, Angela Work, Angela Smith, Betsy Wagner, Maren Kurtz, Amy Cheatham, Lisa Wilson, Jami Tallman, Katie Fisher, Ashley Mingus and Natalie Zucker.

“The community has been great about making donations and things,” said Natalie Zucker (SHS Class of 1998). “It’s nice to see everybody come together for a good cause”

Weston, 2, needs a heart transplant and is in a Cleveland hospital. He’s had some bad days, but had a good day Tuesday, according to a Facebook posting by his mother, Emily Appell. active heart transplant list because of a setback — he suffered a stroke — but is doing better. His family hopes he’ll return to the transplant list on March 12.

Zucker explained she’s not the leader of the group — “we all have an equal share” — but agreed to serve as the spokeswoman. She’s linked by marriage to Appell, a member of the SHS Class of 1999.

Zucker said a fundraising event has been scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Brass Pelican, 414 W. Perkins Ave.

Tickets are $20 at several locations (see box) and will get you in the door and provide all the wings you can eat (with pop or beer) and enter you into a door prize drawing.

Want to help?

A fundraiser for Weston Vassallo’s family will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Brass Pelican.

Tickets are $20 and will provide food and live entertainment. Advance tickets are on sale at Scarlett O’Hair Salon and Spa, K & K Pet Grooming and House of Donuts (all in Sandusky) and Kelly Graphics in Milan. Anyone who would like more information on the benefit can contact Kristy Kaufman at 419-370-8631

Weston Vassallo T-shirts are just $10 at Kelly Graphics in Milan, and 15 percent of the price goes to help the boy’s family.

Donations may be made online at giveforward.com/fundraiser/7ps3/warriors-for-weston (or just find the Weston Vassallo Facebook page and click on the link.) For more information on how to help, see the Fundraiser for Weston Vassallo page on Facebook (it’s separate from the main Weston Vassallo page).

There will be live entertainment, raffle tickets for prizes donated by local merchants and 50/50 raffle ticket drawings. There also will be a silent auction for higher-value items.   Kelly Graphics in Milan has printed “Keep calm and pray for Weston” T-shirts that are $10 and benefit the family, and there are ways to make donations online.

Zucker said the point of the various efforts is to raise money to help cover medical bills, the transportation costs of driving back and forth from Sandusky to Cleveland Clinic and other expenses.

Zucker, a schoolteacher who lives in Sandusky, said people who want to help can reach her through her Facebook page.

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