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Community supports Canyon Gate couple

February 5, 2019

Fundraising continues to help Audrey and Matt Markiton of Canyon Gate cover medical costs related to his upcoming transplant operations.

MKT Distillery, 5373 1st St., Katy, will host a March 9 cornhole tournament.

No Label Brewing, 5351 1st St., Katy, hosted Matt’s Miracle Mini Marathon on Jan. 19, which Audrey called a success. Jennifer Royo, marketing/co-founder, No Label Brewing Co., said they did not know the Markitons before the event. “We were approached by a family friend that wanted to do this for the family. We thought it was wonderful!”

In between fundraisers, Fort Bend Charities, founded by Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers, presented a $5,000 check to the Markitons to help cover medical expenses.

Matt needs a heart, double lung and kidney transplant. Meyers said he learned about the Markitons through Dean A. Hrbacek, an attorney and former Sugar Land mayor, who serves as attorney for Matt and his father. Meyers met and talked with family members at the Jan. 19 fundraiser.

“This is one of the things the charity was created for — to help people in this situation,” said Meyers, who added that all prior contributions have gone to other charities. “We’re always open to unique situations like this where we can help out.”

The $5,000 is intended to cover a 45-day stay in California after Matt has his transplants. Meyers said additional funding may be available if Matt needs to stay 60 days after the operation.

Meyers said he plans to attend the March fundraiser.

Kali Edwards is organizing the March 9 cornhole tournament. In cornhole, players take turns throwing bags of corn into a hole at the far end of a raised platform.

The March 9 event also includes a Kids Jenga Tournament and a silent auction. Both tournaments will have two-player teams, and double-elimination games. The top three competitors will receive cash prices.

Registration for the cornhole tournament is $75 per team. Registration for Jenga is $10 for one child and $20 for a team. Raffle tickets are $35 for a Mexican Village trip. All proceeds go toward Matt’s medical bills.

People can visit https://helphopelive.org/campaign/14711/ to register, get more information and to donate.

“He’s facing serious surgery; It’s pretty tough,” said Meyers. “I’m trying to get some other people who may be able to contribute and help raise some more money for him.”

Deflecting some of the medical expenses can reduce financial stress in this situation which already is very stressful, added Meyers.

The Markitons were among 70 people honored last fall by the Willow Fork Drainage District as Harvey’s Heroes. They organized rescues via phone and Facebook with the Cajun Navy for 2.5 days until the National Guard arrived.

Born with a heart defect, Mark got a heart infection after Hurricane Harvey and went into heart failure, said his wife. That’s placed additional pressure on other body organs leading to the need for him to have a double lung and kidney transplant, too. He’s scheduled to have organ transplants at Stanford University in California.

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