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Jordy's family still faces big stack of medical bills

July 02, 1999

He wasn't yet 12 when he died, but he knew a lot more about courage and determination than some people who've lived three times that long. And Jordy Carper's battle with cystic fibrosis - and to survive a subsequent lung transplant - was as expensive as it was harrowing. Months after his death, his parents still have $29,000 in medical bills, a problem some of their friends would like to help with.

To start, George and Brenda Miller, owners of Windy Rock Farm in Hedgesville, W.Va. are donating a 1,250-pound purebred black angus steer to be auctioned off at the Berkeley County youth fair on August 6.

The Millers are leaders of the Wetumpka 4-H Club where Jordy was a member, hoping that one day he'd be well enough to show a large animal of his own. It was not to be.

Last December Jordy died in his mother's arms at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The boy who had been recognized by Gov. Cecil Underwood for his "determination, grit and unfailing sense of humor" had finally finished his earthly struggle.

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A prize animal like the one being donated can bring as much as $5,000, but even if the auction of this critter brings twice that much, the Carpers will still be facing $19,000 in medical bills. After watching their child suffer for years and finally succumb to disease, it seems doubly cruel to make them face this expense by themselves.

That's why we're urging those who have healthy children of their own - young or grown - to reflect on their good fortune and send a few dollars to defray their costs. Perhaps the next time the kids ask for some fast-food junk that isn't good for them anyway, parents could explain that just this once, the cash is going to help Jordy's parents instead.

Donations to the Carper family may be made to either the Wetumpka 4-H Club Trust for Jordy Carper at Jefferson Security Bank, P.O. Box 2809, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25402, or to the Jordy Carper Memorial Fund at Falling Waters Presbyterian Church, Route 1, Box 138, Falling Waters, W.Va. 25419. Please help if you can.

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