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March for Marlee 5K to help family cover medical costs

An event to help a local family cover medical bills for their newborn daughter is happening next month. Marlee is the daughter of Devin and Tiffani Rogers.

Stephanie Hensley is one of the organizers of the March for Marlee 5K. She said Marlee is two months old and was born with a congenital heart defect. Her parents graduated from Volunteer High School and also have another child, according to Hensley. "They found out Marlee had CHD at their 20 week ultrasound and they thought her condition was going to be treatable with surgery after birth. However, after she was born, it was worse than they thought. She ended up having to be on the heart transplant list," Hensley said. "Marlee has since received her new heart but has had a lot of complications that come with receiving a new heart. Marlee is still fighting," she explained.

The family gives updates on Marlee's condition on their Facebook page and are continuing to ask for prayers.

The women's group 'Java and Jesus' at First Free Will Baptist Church in Church Hill is hosting a 5K walk/run to try to raise money for Marlee's family. "Their medical bills are going to be astronomical so we thought we could sponsor a 5K to help with any medical expenses they have. Hotel, transportation, all of the things that come with having a child in the hospital for a long time," she said. Hensley said she believes the family has been at Vanderbilt in Nashville for more than a month already.

The March for Marlee 5K is $25 to participate. If you register by February 29, 2020, you will receive a t-shirt. The 5K is not timed, but there will be prizes for each age group that finishes in the top 3 spots.

The 5K will take place on March 14, 2020 at 9 a.m. It will begin at Church Hill Fitness Center and ends at First Free Will Baptist Church. "I think it would be great if as many people as possible in the community could participate," Hensley said. "We really just want to help this family out financially and cover them in prayer at this time." Donations are welcome if you don't want to participate in the race. For more information, click here.

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