Sunday, August 26, 2001

Friends dance to help pay Ky. man's medical expenses

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        INDEPENDENCE, Ky. — Friends of Jay Spenlau held a sold-out benefit dance for him Saturday to help pay high medical bills and living expenses.

        Mr. Spenlau, a 34-year-old father of four young children, suffers from a complex congenital heart defect — anatomical defects of the heart chamber and pulmonary blood vessels. His incurable condition limits his physical activity and causes breathing difficulties and a high risk of stroke.

        Organizers sold all 400 reserved tickets, at $15 per person and $25 per couple, said Terri Carrick of Independence.

        “It's wonderful news for the family,” she said.

        Mr. Spenlau's intravenous medication alone costs $5,000 a month.

        A fund in Mr. Spenlau's name is at Peoples Bank of Northern Kentucky.


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