Spinners hold a fundraising party for a 7-year-old who needs a heart transplant in Port St. Lucie

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Supporters on the Treasure Coast help a little boy raise funds for a new heart.

“A” Vicious Cycle spin studio was filled Saturday with cyclists who wanted to spin for a good cause.

Ethan Hendon waved his towel, cheering on spinners, who were helping him raise money for a new heart.

The 7-year-old has gone through a lot, being born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.

“Three open heart surgeries, multiple cardiac cast, like fifteen,” said mom, Cassandra Hendon. “It’s at a point now where surgery can’t fix his heart, so we’re at a point now where he needs to be transplanted.”

Ethan’s on the list to receive a new heart at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, which Hendon has worked tirelessly to raise funds for.

She met Amanda Endres, a spin instructor, at a previous event who said she was inspired by Ethan’s story and wanted to help.

Endres said, “I got a 7-year-old little boy too, I said I’d be happy to do something for the little man as well.”

Endres turned her Saturday morning spin class into a fundraising spin party, featuring some of Ethan’s favorite characters.

“It’s a super hero ride. He’s a super hero. Ethan has fought many battles and he’s not giving up and that’s what I love.”

This battle will cost Ethan’s parents $75,000.00.  They’ve raised $22,000.00 so far.

But for Ethan, they’ll keep going, to give him a new spin on life, with a new heart.

Funds are being collected through COTA, the Children’s Organ Transplant Association.

Go to http://www.COTAforTeamEthanH.com if you’d like to help.


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