Flapjack Feast To Raise Money For Transplant Patient

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The Boldts have shed lots of tears over the past few years, especially in the last month.

Four weeks ago, Skip Boldt received a call from the transplant center in San Diego. The doctors told him he was next in line to receive a heart transplant and had to move to Southern California immediately.

"That day was highs and lows, but more lows because of leaving my family. This is reality now -- this is it," said Skip.

As Skip waits for a new heart in California, his wife, Julie, and children, Heather and Austin, try to live without their husband and father -- the man they love most.

Because Boldt is required to reside within two hours of the transplant center in San Diego, he can't be at home in Payson to see Heather and Austin off to school in the morning or give Julie a kiss when she comes home from work.

While Skip has had to close his business, Pride Plumbing, during the waiting period, Julie struggles to make ends meet as Payson High School's cafeteria manager. "It's still hard for us to accept help," Julie said.

But now, the community is giving back to the Boldt family.

"It's overwhelming the support and the town backing our family," she said. "We don't know how to say thank you enough -- from the bottom of our hearts, it's unbelievable," said Julie.

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Each day, Skip Boldt waits for the call that'll save his life. Until a donor heart becomes available, Boldt prepares himself for his heart transplant surgery and the reality of a long recovery. "You walk out that door, and you don't know when you're coming back," said Boldt.

Heather Boldt, her Girl Scout Troop and more than 100 other young ladies will gather on Saturday to hold a fund-raiser for Heather's dad and family.

"I was touched by the whole thing," Skip said.

"Heather and Austin are really excited because they always thought this was an adult problem," troop 305 leader Tracey Bishop said. "Now they can do something about it."

The Girl Scouts will host a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26 at Julia Randall Elementary School. The cost is $3 per person, children 3 and younger eat free.

"The girls will be preparing all the food," Bishop said. "And the Boldt family will be there cooking and serving."

In addition to pancakes, the girls will offer up sausage, coffee and orange juice.

A silent auction accompanies the breakfast. About 50 local businesses have already donated all types of items from furniture to spinning-wheel rims and power tools.

The girls also are assembling themed gift baskets for the auction. Bidding closes at 11 a.m.

"I really am looking forward to Saturday," Julie said. "We're hoping for a big turnout."

Skip suffers from a condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. As the walls of his heart thicken, blood flow is compromised and instant heart failure can occur.

"It's important to become an organ donor," Skip said. "As technology grows, there's more opportunities for organ donation. There are not enough donors for the amount of people who need transplants."

Boldt's heart transplant surgery could cost in excess of $400,000, of which only 80 percent or so is picked up by Julie's insurance. Uncovered and out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the procedure could eclipse $100,000.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Tracey Bishop at (928) 468-8552, or Monika Oakley at (928) 474-4450.

A donation drop box is located at SafeQ Credit Union, 512 S. Beeline Highway.

Julie asked customers of Pride Plumbing and other well-wishers to contact Skip by calling his business number (928) 472-9171 -- calls will be forwarded to his cell phone.

For more information on organ donation, visit: www.organdonor.gov.

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