Shiland Eagle Scout project supports Sherman nonprofit
Dylan organized the May 2015 run for his Eagle Scout project, raising $2,500, which he then donated to Matthew’s Hearts of Hope, a nonprofit organization in Sherman, whose mission is to raise awareness of and funding for congenital heart defects in children, the number one birth defect for children.
Dylan was born with a congenital heart defect, so the project was very personal for him.
A portion of the funds raised directly covered the cost of a 3-D heart for a child born with a complex congenital heart defect.
The 3-D hearts are not covered by insurance and their use prior to surgery reduce a child’s time on the heart lung machine because it allows the surgeon a true view of the heart before going into surgery.
This drastically improves the child’s recovery time with fewer complications and can result in fewer surgeries.
Dylan used the remaining proceeds to purchase lunch boxes that will be used for children who are scheduled for surgery to store personal belongings.
Also, a portion of the proceeds funded gifts cards for meals and gas to help CHD families.