Community holds fundraiser for Burlington teen who needs heart transplant

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BURLINGTON, N.C. – Albert Jeffries has been at North Carolina Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill for 88 days.

“Alj was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy when he was 4 months old,” said Tina Turner, his mother. “Lately, within the last few years he’s had some bows with congestive heart failure…he’s at the top of the list for a transplant.”

That transplant could come at any moment. As the family waits, the medical costs continue to add on. Click here to donate: and click here to follow his journey on Facebook:

“We deal with the cards that are dealt. You know as days go by, we just go day by day, and not dwell on what’s happening in the past. We just go to the future and forward and hopefully we just get that heart,” Turner said.

“For my brother, I just hope that if he can get that heart transplant and be able to do sports. And all the activities that he wants to do. That would just make me really happy in all honesty. If my heart was compatible, I would easily give it up to him,” said his brother, Lucas Turner.

On Saturday, the community held a fundraiser for Albert, who is better known as Alj. The 13-year-old sent a video message to the large crowd that came to show support.

The fundraiser was held at his middle school, Broadview middle, where Alj is an honors student. Families, friends, teachers and community members were there.

Restaurants and vendors donated their goods, and sold them to collect money for the family. The event also hosted live music from local groups.

The cost of the heart transplant is close to $1 million. While insurance will help cover some of it, it won’t cover it all.

“I actually just got a bill the other day, of like a large sum, so this is really going to help us out a whole lot,” Turner said.

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