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The Hightower household has lived within the Duncan neighborhood for a few years and after they wanted assist essentially the most, the neighborhood stated, “we’re right here.”
Mason Hightower, 24 and within the Grasp’s program at Oklahoma College, has undergone a number of surgical procedures and is extra sooner or later with a coronary heart transplant.
Berkley Faulkner, greatest good friend of Mason Hightower, stated, “per week in the past at this time, Mason got here up right here to the town as a result of they suspected he had bacterial endocarditis, which is an infection of the guts.”
Wanting additional into it, docs discovered Mason had points along with his coronary heart valves which would want rapid consideration.
“They determined to do surgical procedure on him,” Faulkner stated. “As soon as they bought in there and have been doing surgical procedure, the physician described his coronary heart as being riddled with an infection and in his 40 years, he had by no means seen something prefer it.”
Unable to stick the brand new coronary heart valve, the docs continued to seek for how they might assist Mason.
“What we thought was regular — Mason was simply sick, he had some an infection occurring — changed into a serious coronary heart surgical procedure that failed after which one other try the following day,” Faulkner stated. “Only a collection of occasions that put everybody’s religion to the check and has put Mason bodily to the check.”
Immediately, Mason is a residing, respiration miracle, in line with Faulkner.
“The docs have informed his dad and mom a number of instances his prognosis will not be good,” Faulkner stated. “They have been telling him they didn’t anticipate (Mason) to make it via the night time and he had simply continued to battle on.”
With a combating spirit, Mason has conquered many odds towards him.
“We imagine with our entire coronary heart that finally God’s Will shall be completed,” Faulkner stated. “In that, folks close to and much have been praying for Mason. I imply praying consistently, staying in contact, reaching out.”
A bunch of Duncan Center College college students and workers gathered round a flag pole on the college Friday morning to elevate Assistant Principal Tim Hightower, Mason Hightower and their household up in prayer and lots of others have requested household and pals what particularly they will pray for throughout this time.
“It’s been insane,” Faulkner stated. “We’ve got pals all around the county who’ve been shutting down their shops, who’ve been stopping in the midst of the road and pulling over and praying when requested to wish for Mason.”
She stated greater than elevating cash and greater than anything, the one factor the Hightower household needs is to deliver extra prayer to Mason.
“The primary factor (the Hightowers) need out there’s that there’s a lot energy in prayer,” Faulkner stated.
Those that are from Duncan know who the Hightower household is and their kindness, in line with Faulkner, which is why she helped begin this fundraiser and band collectively the neighborhood with household and pals.
“It was not laborious in any respect to get folks to band behind them,” Faulkner stated. “All I needed to do was begin reaching out to folks — these folks began reaching out to different folks. We determined to begin The Hightower Household fund, which is on Fb. In two days, we raised over $20,000 — presently as much as $24,000 — however that’s simply solely so we will help them via these powerful instances by offering them with little issues, reminiscent of meals, or large issues reminiscent of if Mason does get a coronary heart transplant, the drugs it takes to maintain him and preserve him wholesome. It’s simply little and large issues we’ve been attempting to assist out on.”
The amazement of how the neighborhood has banded tighter collectively to assist the Hightower household has spoken to many.
“What an unbelievable story that is,” Faulker stated. “It doesn’t matter what occurs, Mason has reached so many individuals.”
It’s the approaching collectively of the neighborhood and the prayers for Mason which has household and pals feeling cherished.
“It’s been spectacular how our city’s reacted,” Faulkner stated. “One in every of our actually good household pals, Nichole Hammond of First Financial institution and Belief, referred to as my mother. She stated overlook the Visa playing cards, overlook all that, I’ll open up a checking account only for the Hightowers. I’ll have debit playing cards to present to them. Inside eight hours we had a full First Financial institution and Belief account able to go, we had debit playing cards of their hand. Simply small issues like that every one got here collectively. The neighborhood has simply been excellent … Each time I’m across the household, they’ve simply been so grateful.
“The household is simply so — so grateful. All of his shut pals are simply so grateful too,” Faulkner stated. “He’s a miracle.”
Alongside the traces of The Hightower Household fund, when Mason’s alternative involves get a coronary heart transplant and the household wants to remain near the hospital, the Kirkland household (Kristin, Kelly, Carly, Coby) have provided up their rental in Midtown in Oklahoma Metropolis as a spot to remain for so long as they want it, in line with Faulkner.
“That’s such a blessing and so sort of the Kirkland’s,” Faulkner stated. “They didn’t suppose twice about it.”
Faulkner stated they’re simply persevering with attempting to boost cash and help.
“That is about one thing larger than all of us,” Faulkner stated. “This can be a true story of simply unwavering religion. Our entire complete city has reached out and introduced folks from all around the nation, considering and praying for Mason. I’ve a peace figuring out that he’s so cherished. In the end God’s answerable for all of this, He has recognized from day one what’s going to occur and I simply have religion and luxury figuring out that.”
Mason, a former Duncan Excessive College Demon who performed baseball and soccer, had his jersey offered on the sector in Noble through the recreation the place Duncan gained.
The Demons soccer workforce banded collectively to honor Mason as they carried out his jersey onto the sector as a result of “as soon as a Demon, at all times a Demon.”
Duncan third-year head soccer coach JT Cobble stated the presentation of the jersey was a great way to honor Mason.
“Simply felt like that might be a great way to honor Mason. I didn’t coach him, however he’s a Demon and had a hand within the growth of this soccer program,” Cobble stated. “The children that carried it out are shut with (his brother) Chase Hightower. We wished to let the Hightower’s know we’re pulling for them.”
To donate via Fb to the Hightower Household Fund, go to https://www.facebook.com/donate/986988128474697/?fundraiser_source=external_url.
Andy Morphew contributed to this story.
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