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Chicken bog event in Florence to help heart patient

March 4, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. — Cooks for Christ will hold a chicken bog benefit on Thursday to raise money to help Daniel Cole, a heart transplant patient.

The benefit will be held at the West Florence Fire Station on Pine Needles Road. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Plates of chicken bog, green beans, slaw and bread will be sold for $7. Orders of seven or more plates can be delivered. Drive-through lanes will be open, and a bake sale will be held all day.

Cooks for Christ is trying to help pay medical bills as well as help make Cole’s home handicapped accessible.

Cole, who is 25, was born with muscular dystrophy and had problems with his heart at age 9. In March last year, he was admitted to McLeod ICU, and a heart catheterization revealed that his heart was weak and his organs were full of fluid and were beginning to shut down. He was transferred to MUSC in Charleston, and a mechanical pump was implanted to assist the heart. He remained in Charleston for three months so that he could be close to the hospital. In August he received a heart transplant. He experienced complications and was taken back to surgery the next day. He was put on a heart pump designed to function externally. He remained in Charleston for 10 weeks after surgery for medication changes and therapy.

Donations can be made with checks payable to the Daniel Cole Medical Fund. For additional information, call Lisa Cole at 843-319-5915, Lindsey Cole at 843-616-7615 or Beverly McKee at 843-229-0348.