By creator to www.yourstephenvilletx.com
Stephenville resident Cherie Martin was honored throughout Friday evening’s Stephenville Excessive College soccer sport because the recipient of the 2021 Coronary heart of Gold Award.
In accordance with earlier E-T reviews, every year, cash raised from donations and Coronary heart of Gold T-shirt gross sales is offered to assist the household of an individual who has been scuffling with some type of sickness. This yr’s occasion raised $17,238.
This marks the 12th yr that SHS has had a Coronary heart of Gold recipient. Eleven years in the past, Joseph Gillespie, Jeffrey Thompson and Mitch Copeland organized a White Out sport to honor Presley Boydstun. That turned the Coronary heart of Gold occasion — a Stephenville custom.
In accordance with info from Stephenville ISD, in Might 2018, Martin was care flighted to Texas Well being Assets in Fort Value after blood vessels in her esophagus ruptured. After emergency surgical procedure, she was recognized with non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver.
For 3 years, Martin relied on her religion as she consulted with a wide range of docs and liver specialists. At first of 2021, docs positioned her on a transplant checklist.
After finishing a collection orientation and assessments with a transplant staff at Baylor Scott and White All Saints, Martin was positioned on an expedited liver transplant checklist.
By this course of, docs found she had a uncommon autoimmune hereditary illness that causes cirrhosis and liver failure.
At 4:30 a.m. on July 2, Martin was known as and instructed that there was a match for her transplant. She had been on the checklist for 80 days.
“She was blessed and gifted with a second likelihood at life,” the SISD info reads. “Presently, there are over 100,000 individuals ready for the priceless present of organ donation. Each 10 minutes one other affected person is added to the nationwide registry to attend for a life-saving transplant.”
#DonateLife is a non-profit group that raises consciousness and schooling concerning the energy of donation. The Martin household encourages these to turn out to be an organ donor to “assist change the chances for sufferers in want.”
Cherie and her husband, Michael, are each 1995 graduates of Tarleton State College and have been members of the Stephenville neighborhood for 31 years.
Cherie is a first-grade instructor at Chamberlin Elementary and Michael works at TCEQ and has been a long-time member of the Stephenville Athletic Booster Membership.
They’ve two kids. Hailey is a 2018 graduate of Stephenville Excessive College. She runs observe at Tarleton and plans to gradate in Might with a nursing diploma. Hayden is a junior at SHS the place he’s a member of the varsity Yellow Jacket soccer and baseball groups.
The household are members of Timber Ridge Church.
“Being the Coronary heart of Gold recipient says a lot about our neighborhood’s capability for excellent compassion and generosity, and we hope it sends an inspiring message to others concerning the significance of organ donation.”
Earlier Coronary heart of Gold recipients
• 2020: Francisco Rodriquez
• 2019: Noah Constancio
• 2018: Lauren Elise (“Lolo”) Loredo
• 2017: Household of Julie Carrillo
• 2016: Luke Nelson
• 2015: Seth Gilley
• 2014: Dayami Castillo
• 2013: Boyd Mabry
• 2012: Maddie McLemore
• 2011: Jacoby Conger
• 2010: Brent Morrison