Loganton dinner will benefit heart disease foundation

Cathrynne Wagner


For The Express

LOGANTON — A public picnic-style dinner Saturday at Sugar Valley Rural Charter School, 236 E. Main St., will benefit the Myocarditis Foundation.

The dinner is the senior project of SVRCS student Rachel Lehman, and is in memory of all myocarditis victims, especially Cathrynne Elisabeth Wagner, who died suddenly from complications due to myocarditis in the spring of 2012.

Cathrynne, the granddaughter of Elvis and Peggy Thomas of Loganton, was only 2 years old when she experienced sudden flu-like symptoms that progressed quickly. She was taken to the emergency room where she later passed away.

Doctors initially thought the toddler had a stomach virus, and then later, pneumonia. But in the weeks following her death, Cathrynne’s family found out that the cause of her early demise was myocarditis, a rare heart disease that causes inflammation of the heart muscle. It claims the lives of thousands of people a year.

The dinner will raise money for research to hopefully someday save the lives of other young children like Cathrynne.

The menu includes a hot dog on a roll, macaroni salad, baked beans, chips or pretzels and a cupcake. There will also be ticket auctions and 50/50 drawings on site. The event will run from 2 to 5 p.m.