Presque Isle dinner, auction to benefit local youth who just had 2nd heart transplant

Posted April 10, 2013, at 3:48 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Friends of Patrick Michaud, the Presque Isle High School student who underwent his second heart transplant procedure in December, are planning a dinner and silent auction this Friday to support his ongoing medical treatment and recovery.

The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with a spaghetti with meatballs or beans with franks supper at the Presque Isle Shrine Club on the Houlton Road, followed by the silent auction with bidding closing at 8 p.m.

Organizers suggest a $5 donation for admission.

Michaud, a freshman at PIHS, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy — a weakening of the heart muscle — when he was just 11-months-old, according to his father, Michael Michaud.

For a while Patrick was able to control the condition with medication, but by 2001 he was a candidate for a heart transplant at Children’s Hospital in Boston.

There were some rejection issues with that first heart, Michael Michaud said, and about five years ago the damage to that heart required his son be again placed on medications to treat the condition.

Last year, doctors determined he was again a candidate for a transplant and Patrick spent 8 months on the waitlist until he received his new heart on Dec. 27.

“He’s doing great now,” his father said. “It had gotten to the point where he was limited physically to what he could do, but now he feels good and is back to doing things he enjoys.”

The Michauds are grateful for the support they have received from the community and the work gone into planning Friday’s event.

“Some of his classmates and a few adults wanted to do something special,” Michael Michaud said. “The sense of community here is wonderful [and] it is really nice to know people care about you and want the best for our son. It is really a bit humbling.”

For information about the supper and auction, or to donate an item to be auctioned off, contact Kimberly Hall or Laura Roope at haveaheart0412@yahoo.com.

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