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‘Bucket list birthday’ a real bash

With approximately 600 birthday guests, dozens of volunteers and nearly $15,000 raised, one could definitely call Danielle Sullivan’s 10th birthday party celebration “inviting the entire community” for young Eric Piburn a rewarding, huge success. From donated food, raffles and games to farm animals — donkeys, chickens, pigs, goats, baby chicks, and even a bunny — kids of all ages enjoyed a special day in exceptional weather at Old McMicky’s Farm on Feb. 28.

Spider-Man, Chewbacca, Batman, Disney princesses and nearly any character a child could imagine walked the farm and took photos with kids.

Hundreds of well-wishers sharing in his birthday helped fulfill this very special item on the bucket list of this little boy fighting an uphill battle.

Eric was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, which is four defects of the heart and blood vessels: a hole in the wall between the two lower chambers of the heart; narrowing of his pulmonary valve and pulmonary artery; enlarged aortic valves that open from both ventricles, rather than the left one only, and sitting on top of the hole in the two lower chambers; and the muscular wall of the right ventricle is thicker than normal.

After four heart surgeries, he needs a new heart and a double lung transplant. So far neither has been attempted because of the dangers of the transplants.

Old McMicky’s Farm employee Dee Conte summed up the perfect day. “This is the best job I’ve ever had in my life. It’s so fun at Old McMicky’s Farm and we love doing all these special events.”

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