Volunteer fire company donates money to help boy

A volunteer fire company in Jackson Township announced Sunday it is donating all proceeds from a recent craft show to help a boy suffering from a rare form of cancer. The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire

News 12 Staff

Mar 23, 2009, 3:34 PM

Updated 5,592 days ago

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A volunteer fire company in Jackson Township announced Sunday it is donating all proceeds from a recent craft show to help a boy suffering from a rare form of cancer.
The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 heard about Mason Morgan's condition because his grandfather, Ivan Laboy, volunteers there. Mason, who is from Savannah, Ga., suffers from post-transplantation lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD), a rare form of cancer that occurs only in transplant patients. Mason was born with short bowel syndrome and at 18 months old, he received a six-organ transplant, which saved his life. He was born without nearly 90 percent of his intestines.
Though the fire department held the craft fair to raise money for renovations to their facility, they heard about Mason's condition and his family's struggle to pay for his next necessary surgery. They then decided the money was better spent on his medical bills. Mason's PTLD surgeries are not covered by medical insurance and doctors refuse to proceed unless his family can guarantee payment.
"With Mason and the condition that he has, we felt giving him the money would help him out and we could always find another way to make more money to help the firehouse," Assistant Fire Chief Timothy Carson says.


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