Heart transplant

Fundraiser organized for a young man in need of a heart transplant

LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) — An Indian Taco fundraiser was held Sunday at Apache High School, benefiting Kristopher Killsfirst Jr., who is in need of a heart transplant.

Kristopher is currently on the waiting list hoping to find the right match. Her father Kristopher Killsfirst Sr. said they had a great support system.

“For the community to come out like this and help us, we couldn’t do it alone,” Kristopher Sr.

Kristopher Jr. is a 23-year-old student at Southwest Oklahoma State University.

In 2018, he was diagnosed with congenital heart failure and has been on left ventricular support for 4 years.

A recent infection has accelerated her need for a new heart. Kristopher Sr. said the wait had been like a roller coaster ride.

“One of the things he taught us was the importance of being a donor, so me and my wife after going through that experience, we are donors now because my son would benefit,” he said. he declares.

He also said he would like people to think about becoming a donor because of the second chance you might give someone.

Kristopher Jr.’s grandmother has worked for Apache Schools for over 40 years and is always tasked with making fry bread for any fundraiser, but this one was special for her. She said it meant a lot to be able to help her grandson.

“He’s my baby, and helping someone is so rewarding to help someone who is in need,” she said.

If you still wish to donate to the family, they have a donation account opened at City National Bank under the name Kristopher Killsfirst.

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