BBQ Fundraiser to Benefit SV Man Who Needs Heart Transplant

Organizers have announced details for a BBQ fundraiser that will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 to benefit Mike Henninger–a Hellertown native and father of a nine-year-old who’s currently awaiting a heart transplant at the University of Pennsylvania hospital in Philadelphia. There is a Facebook event page for the fundraiser and as of Tuesday afternoon 45 people had already committed to attend, with 500 invited. Henninger, 39, suffers from genetic cardiomyopathy, which has caused progressive weakening of his heart over the past decade in spite of numerous procedures and the use of pacemakers. Friends of Henninger and his wife, Marnie, have organized to fundraise on their behalf under the name “Team Mike,” and will have a booth under the HelpHOPELive banner at Hellertown-Lower Saucon Community Day Aug.

Hellertown Area Father, 39, Needs New Heart, Financial Help

Family and friends of Hellertown native and Saucon Valley graduate Michael Henninger are stepping up to help the 39-year-old husband and father as he awaits a heart transplant at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, where he is on a waiting list of potential recipients. At Lower Saucon resident, Henninger finds himself in need of a new heart at a relatively young age not because of any lifestyle choices, but because of familial cardiomyopathy–a genetic condition that has weakened his heart to the point that he can no longer work or play with his nine-year-old daughter, Bella. According to background information about his story posted on the website HelpHOPELive–where a fundraising campaign has been established on his behalf–Mike was first diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 2006 at the age of 29, shortly before his daughter was born. Since that time his heart has continued to weaken, in spite of the fact that he’s undergone nine medical procedures and had two pacemaker-defibrillators inserted. As a result of the ongoing weakening, he’s had his heart shocked 11 times and suffered a stroke.

Saucon Native on Life Support, Needs New Liver

Fundraising is in full swing to help a Saucon Valley native who recently suffered multiple organ failures after a virus attacked her liver. Mardelle Parenti Blume has been hospitalized since December and is currently in the intensive care unit at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, where she remains on life support after suffering respiratory failure and being sedated Sunday. She turned 38 on Monday. Family friend Cindy Bleam Bruneo said that although Blume will need a liver transplant, plans for the surgery are on hold for now due to the fact that she is on life support. A GoFundMe campaign established in Mardelle and her husband Joe’s names has raised more than $7,000 over since it began in mid-January.