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      Fundraiser to be held for Pee Dee native who needs a heart transplant

      A man who was born in Darlington and grew up in the Sardis community needs a heart transplant, and a fundraiser will be held for him in Charleston.

      Brooks Hobbs, 43, now lives in the Lowcountry and is waiting on the phone call that a new heart is available for him.

      His health problems started about two years ago, just after the birth of his first child, when he had a mild stroke that affected the use of he right hand. Only four months later, he had another mild stroke, which affected his left hand and arm.

      After many tests and seeing specialists at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, it was determined he has a very rare gene mutation. It caused his blood cells to clog up his heart and attack it, resulting in heart failure on his right side.

      He is on the transplant list at MUSC.

      He and his wife now have two children. He cannot work and is on disability.

      On Sunday, August 4, a fundraiser will be held for the family at NV Dance Club on Market Street in Charleston.

      Click here for more information and tickets.