Effort supports girl with heart ailment

A Mayfield woman is raising money to help the family of a former Mayfield resident waiting for a heart transplant.

Liz Argotsinger is selling pins to raise money for the family of Anna King, a 13-year-old who was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition where her heart wore itself out. According to Humor Heals the Heart, a website for the Anna King Project, the condition requires a transplant.

Anna said more than 530 days have passed since she was diagnosed and placed on the waitlist.

“We kind of just tracked it from the day she was listed,” said her father, Joe King.

The King family is working with a transplant team at Texas Childrens Hospital in Houston.

Argotsinger says she got involved with the project after she raised money with a previous charity. She said Teddi Knapp, a friend and folk artist, created pins to sell at local stores and would donate the proceeds. After last year’s success, Argotsinger said they originally thought this year’s proceeds would go to a local food pantry. But she said they decided to send money to the Kings instead.

Argotsinger said she was not sure how much has been raised. “It is going to be several thousand in the end,” she said.

The pins cost $3,?Argotsinger said. The money raised will help the Kings with day-to-day expenses, Joe King said.

“It actually helps us with our day-to-day lives because we have a much smaller network,” he said.

Anna King said she was glad to see people still remembered the charity.

“Support like this is pretty much what keeps me going,” she said.

“That whole area has been really amazing,” Joe King said.

Gloversville Mayor Dayton King, Anna’s uncle, said residents have done an excellent job of remembering their friends, even though they left the area.

He said he hopes the pins serve as a reminder to pray for his niece.

Anna King’s website is “We believe that Anna’s love for her life and the people in it was so big that this heart just couldn’t keep up with her,” the site says. “It is our prayer that Anna will get a new heart meant for her; one that will keep up with her enormous capacity to love, laugh and live the life she is meant to live.”