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Help for Baby Ruby
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Aug 01, 2013 | 1858 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Samantha Hunt (right) was amazed at the amount of the check her friend Brandy Round presented Saturday following a fund-raiser at Kema’s Bookstore in Gray.
Samantha Hunt (right) was amazed at the amount of the check her friend Brandy Round presented Saturday following a fund-raiser at Kema’s Bookstore in Gray.
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Love of one friend for another inspired a fund-raiser that apparently captured the community’s heart.

Brandy Round presented her friend Samantha Hunt with a check for $4,451 Saturday afternoon, which was the proceeds of a fund-raiser held at Kema’s Hobby Bookstore. The money will be used to help with the expenses of a heart operation Hunt’s daughter Ruby will undergo Aug. 8 to help oxygenate her blood and give her more energy.

RubyAnne Regina Hunt, known to many as Baby Ruby, was born Jan. 21, 2009, with hypo-plastic left heart syndrome. That means she has only the right side of her heart.

Ruby’s parents, Samantha and Jason, knew about their baby’s heart condition before her birth and worked to raise money for the expenses they knew were coming. The couple also had a 2-year old son, Samson, at the time Ruby was born.

Three hours after her birth, the infant was airlifted to Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta for her first surgery. Samantha entered a contest from the makers of Similac and won a $10,000 grant to complete the specialized nursery her daughter would need when she arrived home.

With the help of family and friends, what was previously a garage was transformed into a state-of-the-art nursery.

Last week’s fund-raiser was set to begin July 25, and Hunt, who is a talented jewelry maker, provided jewelry to be sold, and other items were donated for the sale.

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