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Heart Transplant Fundraiser for WJ Boy on June 21 – West Jordan Journal

By Sherry Sorensen

Heart Transplant Fundraiser for WJ Boy on June 21

June 19, 2014

Alex “Gator” Homer, a 7-year-old West Jordan boy awaiting a heart transplant, experiences the joy of being a child for as long as his failing heart will let him. A fundraiser is scheduled for June 21 to help raise money to offset the costs the transplant.

On Saturday, June 21, a group of supportive friends and family will host a 5K and carnival event to raise funds for Alex “Gator” Homer, a seven-year-old West Jordan boy awaiting a heart transplant.

Event organizers said they hope the community will come out to support a truly remarkable family. Registration for the 5K is available at under “Running for a Healthy Heart,” or on race day from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. The race begins at 8 a.m. at the LDS Stake Center located at 7980 South 6700 West in West Jordan.

The carnival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the church building and includes bouncy houses, a silent auction, games and baked goods.

At first glance, “Gator” is just like any other little boy. He’s fun, mischievous and loves being a kid. But, unlike most children his age, he doesn’t get to be carefree.

Born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a congenital heart defect, “Gator” and his parents have been fighting for his life since the moment he was born.

Unfortunately, no matter how hard they fight, his heart simply can’t keep going. In his short life, he’s already undergone multiple heart surgeries and earlier this year suffered a stroke related to his condition. Currently, he’s in heart failure, waiting for a donor heart.

The Homer family’s story can be followed on his parent’s blog,, or on the Facebook page Helping Gator get a Healthy Heart.

via Heart Transplant Fundraiser for WJ Boy on June 21 – West Jordan Journal.

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