Fund-raiser for local heart transplant girl Nov. 20-22

Staff Report

CHERRY VALLEY, Illinois — The Cherry Bowl, at 7171 CherryVale Blvd., is hosting a Silent Auction and Indoor Garage Sale Nov. 20-22 to raise funds for medical expenses for 3-year-old Layne Knight of Winnebago who received a heart transplant Oct. 2 in Chicago.

Layne, daughter of Todd Knight and Bethany Knight, a Rockford Public School District pre-school teacher, suffered four cardiac arrests March 31 in the Emergency Room of OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, where Dr. Jean Kriz and her staff saved her life four times.

That afternoon, Layne was flown to Advocate Hope Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, where she had survived three previous open-heart surgeries as a result of her pre-natal condition of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.

Doctors in Oak Lawn placed her on the EKMO heart-lung machine, and kept her alive for a month as she revived. But her damaged heart could not recover, and she was transferred to Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital in downtown Chicago for transplant surgery.

Layne and her parents waited for a new heart in the Lurie Hospital hospital room for four months. She received the transplant of a good heart Oct. 2, and is now hoping to go home to Winnebago in the next month or two.

The fund-raiser at the Cherry Bowl is asking for donations of items for both the Silent Auction and the Indoor Garage Sale. To date, a Tom Heflin signed and framed print, a Brett Favre autographed and framed jersey and several sports photos and other valuable items have been donated. Summerdale School staff have also donated several items. Additional donations are being accepted at the Cherry Bowl from Nov. 16 to 19, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Items will be available for sale and silent auction bids from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 to Saturday, Nov. 22.

The family appreciates the love and generosity of all donors and patrons of the fund-raiser. Questions are welcome. Call Grandpa Jack Broughton at (608) 558-9948 or email

From the Nov. 19-25, 2014, issue

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