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Stoner child receives new liver

January 09, 1997

Jared Stoner, the 2-month old son of area running standout Earl Stoner, received an emergency liver transplant Sunday at St. Christopher's Hospital in Philadelphia.

The transplant was required after the infant's liver failed following therapy to fight cancer of his adrenal gland.

"Everything went well," said Mike Spinnler, president of the Cumberland Valley Athletic Club, which founded the Jared Stoner Fund to help the family defer medical costs.

"The doctors said that they usually lose a patient that young during the surgery because of the trauma involved, but he made it through," Spinnler said. "Now, it's a matter of if his body will accept the transplant."

Two weeks after his Oct. 29 birth, Jared Stoner was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancerous tumor in the adrenal gland.

Chemotherapy and radiation treatments gave Stoner two rare liver disorders. His recovery took a turn for the worse on Jan. 2, which forced the transplant.

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Melissa Stoner, Jared's mother, donated a portion of her liver for the transplant and is out of intensive care. Earl Stoner, a counselor for the Washington County Health Department, has taken leave from his job to stay with his family in Philadelphia.

Jared is scheduled to remain in the hospital for two months. Insurance will pay for 80 percent of the transplant.

Spinnler said the fund has collected $550. Anyone interested in making donations can make checks payable to the Jared Stoner Fund, c/o CVAC at 1012 Valleybrook Drive, Hagerstown, Md. 21742.

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