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Area Resident Colleen Gleason Receives Donor Heart

The Crystal Lake Central graduate underwent heart transplant surgery early this morning, Thursday, Jan. 17.

Crystal Lake Central graduate Colleen Gleason was featured just days ago in a video promoting the school's upcoming Dance-A-Thon on Crystal Lake-Cary Patch.

Central's student council, working with other leadership groups at the school, had decided the dance fundraiser would benefit the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago- specifically the childen's cardiac unit.

Students knew Colleen, 20, had been admitted three months ago to Lurie's, where she's been waiting ever since for a donor heart. She underwent her first transplant when she was just three years old, and now needed a new heart.

Good news arrived today that Colleen received a donor heart and underwent surgery at 5 a.m. Jan. 17.

The Gleason family has asked for privacy at this time while Colleen recovers, according to CLC officials. However, on Colleen's CaringBridge webpage, she wrote:

"If you're wondering what you can do for me, I only ask for prayers for my family and all those supporting me! God bless all of you and thanks for your continued encouragement and care!"

More photographs of Colleen are posted on her CaringBridge webpage, and you can get a glimpse of her energy and spirit on the Crystal Lake Central High School video promoting the upcoming Dance-A-Thon, set for Feb. 9 .


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