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May 6, 2014

$11,000 raised for Amber woman

CHICKASHA — A benefit dinner for Danielle Hatchett hosted by Amber First Baptist Church to raise money to cover costs following a double-lung transplant as a result of cystic fibrosis raised approximately $11,000 Sunday.

Hatchett's mother, Charlotte Dyer, said her 20-year-old daughter is already taking 15 medications for the condition and the surgery would add approximately 10, so part of the money raised will go to help pay for her medicine.

"It's a lot of co-pay," Dyer said. "We're from Amber-Pocasset area and there were tons of people from the school [Hatchett graduated from Am-Po in 2011] and church there. The support is amazing, we never expected so much to be raised."

Dyer said Hatchett will also need 24-hour care for between three and six months after her surgery, which she and her husband expect to take time from work to provide.

Hatchett has been on the list to receive the lungs since Feb. 3, she said.

Linda Adams helped organize the event and said insurance will cover the cost of the surgery, but the fundraiser will help cover post-surgery expenses.

"She's always lived in Amber and grew up in our church," Adams said. "We've always known her."

Those interested can also make a donation at Chickasha Bank and Trust.

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