Cut-a-thon benefits Malvern child needing heart

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This Valentine's Day, area residents can celebrate the day by helping a little girl get a new heart.

Serenity Salon is hosting a cut-a-thon, bake sale and raffle to raise funds for Maxine Frere, 9, who is in need of a heart transplant. The benefit will be held on Thursday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., at the salon, 411 W. Canal St., Malvern.

Tami Kinser of Serenity Salon said residents may come in and get their hair cuts by staff Kimberly Taylor or Stephanie Owens. Connie Butterfield and Annette Mayle are donating their services to help with the event.

The proceeds will help defray the medical costs associated with the transplant at the Cleveland Clinic. Although the family has insurance, there are costs above what the insurance will cover.

Maxine, known as Maxi, was born with a rare heart deformity and had received a heart transplant at the age of two. Unfortunately seven years later, Maxi contracted H1N1 which damaged her heart. She was again placed on the National Transplant List for a second heart transplant.

Maxi is being home-schooled as she awaits a transplant. She was an honor-roll student at the Malvern Elementary School last year. She loves to read chapter books and makes crafts. She is an avid artist. She performed in a musical at the Player's Guild.

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