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A Llewellyn Elementary School student is very seriously ill. Her fellow studens are lending a hand

DAVID F. ASHTON - Llewellyn students Gia Acevedo and Lila Lindell help raise funds for the medical needs of their classmate, Maddy. Although it was cold and drizzling, students from Westmoreland's Llewellyn Elementary School, with the help of their parents, held what they called a "Help Heal Maddy" bake sale, in the Moreland Theater's alcove on Saturday morning, February 29.

"We're doing a bake sale for our friend Maddie," explained one of the moms, Tammy Dean. "Maddie, a fifth-grader at Llewellyn, has been in a hospital's Intensive Care Unit for over a month now, waiting for a heart transplant.

"Maddy has other medical issues as well, since she went to the hospital, and now may also need a kidney transplant," she added.

Dean's daughter, fifth-grader Lila Lindell, said she's in Maddy's class, "And it seemed like a cookie and bake sale was a good way to raise some money for her. As it turned out, a lot of people are willing to help out, which is really a nice thing, don't you think?"

In addition to selling the baked goods provided by the parents, Westmoreland's Limelight Restaurant & Lounge next door donated brownies, and Rose City Coffee donated coffee.

As of March 16, a total of $27,253 had been raised in the community towards the $35,000 goal – a goal which you can help them reach! To contribute securely online, visit –

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