"Kally Heslop Day" was a big success, said organizers of the event to help defray medical bills of the heart transplant patient and mother of four.
"We're really pleased at the turnout," said Cheryl Satterthwaite, chairwoman of the day's activities."It's overwhelming," said Heslop, whose operation ran up more than $200,000 in medical costs. "It makes you feel good to know people care about you."
The activities began Friday night with a youth-sponsored dance, "The Heart Beat Stomp" at Davis High School. Nearly 400 attended, said Heslop's mother, Judy Scadlock.
Saturday morning a breakfast was prepared and served by Kaysville volunteer firefighters, with food donated by local merchants.
At 9 a.m. 375 youngsters from 5 to 15 (and an assortment of adults) began walking the high school track to earn money pledged for each trek around.
Saturday evening a spaghetti dinner and auction were held.
It has been two months since Heslop's life-saving operation, and although things have been difficult, she said she is looking forward to being back with her children in about one more month.
"Things are improving," she said. "I'm getting stronger."
The funds collected from the fund-raiser haven't been tallied yet."