A heart for Harriet

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Columbus community is rallying around one of its native daughters.

Harriet Sherald Grayson was diagnosed in 2007 with dilated cardiomyopathy. It’s a condition that weakens and enlarges the heart. Her heart was then functioning at 25 percent . It’s since dropped to 15 percent as her condition transitioned into congestive heart failure. She needs a heart transplant to survive.

Donation and Fundraiser Drive for Harriet

Because of her condition, she cannot work. So the community is arranging a series of fundraisers for her as she awaits a new heart.

“To sit here and say that I’m OK 24 hours a day, I’d be lying. You know, whenever anyone is told they have an illness that will take their life, they put a cap on your life, it’s heavy,” said Harriet.

Harriet is all too familiar with the heart transplant process. Her sister Amy Sherald received a new heart in 2013.

On Saturday, April 16 a Donation and Fundraiser will be held at Friendship Baptist Church. The event is from 11:30 am until 4 pm. The church is located at 831 Sixth Avenue in Columbus.

Fried Fish or BBQ Rib dinners are available for a $10 donation.

Amy Sherald
Harriet’s sister Amy Sherald, a former Saint Anne and Pacelli student, recently became the first woman to receive the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. The award comes with $25,000 and the opportunity to create a portrait of a living person for the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.  To read more about her, click here

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