Online fundraiser underway for child’s heart transplant expenses

August 5, 2015

UPDATED — 5:09 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

The Children’s Organ Transplant Association and volunteers from Sammamish have teamed to start an online fundraiser through the end of August for Maddie Sprague, a 6-year-old student at Discovery Elementary School.

Sprague received a heart transplant in December 2014 and is undergoing chemotherapy for a post-transplant disorder.

The fundraiser, “Hearts for Maddie S.,” has a stated goal of $50,000 to cover expenses. Donors are asked to take pictures of hearts and post them to the Hearts 4 Maddie Facebook page, along with a suggested donation of $10 to COTA. Donate here.

COTA is a national charity based in Indiana, and is dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in fundraising for transplant-related expenses. All funds generated through COTA campaigns go directly to those expenses.

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School community takes heart in student with transplant

March 17, 2015

Maddie Sprague is the typical kindergarten student in many ways. She loves art, puzzles, singing and dancing, and make-believe stories. She also loves her three brothers — Warren, Jake and Joe.

Contributed Maddie Sprague is still recovering from a heart transplant. Friends are raising funds to pay for the costly surgery.

Maddie Sprague is still recovering from a heart transplant. Friends are raising funds to pay for the costly surgery.

“They all squabble, of course, but they’re very close and enjoy being together,” said Jeannie Sprague, their mother.

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To the Editor

April 8, 2014


Just get on with it and resolve the situation

After years of studies, meetings, analysis and the spending hundreds of thousands of dollars by the city of Issaquah and a variety of opposition groups, those of us in the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area are still an unincorporated area with the resulting lack of services enjoyed by our Incorporated neighbors and paying in excess of $500 every year in extra taxes.

It appears to be of no real concern to the governments of Issaquah, Sammamish and King County that this ridiculous situation continues to be dragging on indefinitely. It is beyond me why these parties cannot collaborate and by means of an interlocal agreement, or some other rapid process, get this off dead center and resolved once and for all.

I have lived in Klahanie for more than 20 years and worked tirelessly for annexation to Issaquah. Now, I just really don’t care; all I ask is that we please be annexed to Sammamish or Issaquah ASAP and stop all the infighting, misinformation, stalling and lack of a backbone by the so-called leaders and self-appointed “experts.” Enough is enough!

Dave Christian


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