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Edible Arrangements donates to girl with heart transplant

Lyla Grace Santos

Edible Arrangements in Abilene has made a way for people to donate to a child in need.

The company, located on North Danville Drive and Buffalo Gap Road, is donating $1.00 for every 12-count box of chocolate-dipped strawberries sold to a child that has undergone a heart transplant.

Lyla Grace Santos, 4, received the gift of life three years ago. Her system has not rejected the donated heart, but it still requires attention.

Lyla will be immune-suppressed for the rest of her life. She will need to take medication twice daily, said Lyla’s father, Matt Santos.

According to the Children's Organ Transplant Association, Lyla's transplant-related expenses are anticipated to add up to $50,000.

“She still has to go for treatments and they still go to Dallas ever so often for check-ups. So, doing this is going to help her and help the fund," said Kimberly Lindsay, friend of Matt Santos.

Santos, a police officer in Abilene, was a groomsman at Lindsay’s wedding, and his good friends know how much his family has already gone through.

“Every parent wants to protect their child, you know, will do everything and anything, to help them but when it comes to a medical issue, you’re not a doctor. It's gut wrenching. It’s just soul sinking. You just drop down everything that you are as a parent, and as a man," added Santos.

Lyla's family has set up a Facebook page for her called Love for Lyla Grace Santos , where people can also contact the family directly.

If anyone would like to directly contribute to Lyla's fund, they can visit COTA's donation page here: https://cota.donorpages.com/PatientOnlineDonation/COTAforLylaS/?fbclid=IwAR3LGnP9E-aQfkchoFPbLF6Kz5KQBW7GnE8Grw_BzHtL27W83h_OqGzaHK0


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