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Fidelity, 4-H Group team up to help sick one-year old

SULLIVAN, MISSOURI, July 21, 2014—Helping a sick child with medical and travel expenses was just the kind of community service project the Spring Bluff 4-H Swine Group was looking for. And Fidelity Communications was happy to help.

The project to help one-year-old Kasen Halbert, a Sullivan boy diagnosed with brittle bone disease, was raising and selling a hog at the recent Meramec Community Fair. It all came to fruition at the Fair's livestock auction with Fidelity buying the 214-pound hog for $6,848—a generous $32 a pound.

The proceeds were then donated by the Swine Group to the Halbert family. Kasen and his parents, Amanda and Ross Halbert, and sister, Kinley, attended the auction. Swiss Meat Market is donating the processing of the hog.

Jan Blankenship, whose husband, Robbie, is the 4-H swine project leader, said the 35 group members paid for the feed and one member's family raised the hog.

"We've been doing this the last few years," she said. "The group knew of a few kids who were sick and that's what they chose to do. It was very special thing for the group this year having Kasen there at the auction. It was amazing how high the bids went. Everybody was clapping."She thanked Fidelity and all the bidders.

Kasen, who turned one on June 15 and weighs just 11 pounds, was born with 30 fractures and has been battling Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Type 3 ever since. Type 3 is the most serious level of the disease that makes his bones brittle and crooked. He receives bioinfusion treatments every eight weeks, and each treatment can cost up to $3,000.

Kathy Ruwwe, Director of Human Resources at Fidelity, said the company wanted to do its part to help Kasen in his battle by bidding generously. "Community support is a big part of what we are here at Fidelity," she said. "Our employees live in the communities we serve and we like to stay active in many ways, including donating to such a worthy cause."

Contact: Craig Montgomery
Fidelity Communications Co.
Tel: 573-468-1294
Fax: 573-468-7986

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