Paying back

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Friends and supporters turn out to help family in time of need

By John Whitlock

When friends of the Columbia family found out that Isaiah Columbia had taken a turn for the worse and needed a heart transplant, they jumped at the chance to give back to a family that had offered so much to others.
Isaiah’s mother, Katie Columbia, has been instrumental in the annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs which raises money and awareness of the struggle families and children go through when facing life-threatening cardiac problems.
Meg Fitzgerald, one of the organizers of “For Isaiah, Carnival and Cookout,” said she was pleased with the turnout and the support the community has offered the Columbia family.
“I believe it was a huge success,” Fitzgerald said. “The Columbias were very grateful for all that was done on Isaiah’s behalf and I couldn’t have been happier with the turnout we had. 
“I believe we had nearly 200 in attendance.  Some came to just drop off a donation, some to let their kids play, and some to enjoy the entire event. It is very heartwarming to see the community embrace the situation like they have. I hope that this helps them through Isaiah’s journey and relieves some of the financial burden.”