A Rayne police officer was told something that could crush anyone's heart. Officer Troy Menard needs a heart transplant. Officer Menard's wife says her husband has 27 years with the police department. "He helps us out so why not the community help him," says Forest Park Church of Christ youth group member Bradley Ancelet.
Menard attends Forest Park Church of Christ in Crowley. His son is part of the youth group - a group that's collecting change to help the family. Bradley Ancelet calls the collection a "change for a chance." "We're trying to get people to donate the change in their house. It makes it easier because it's just change you know."
Menard's wife says her husband takes 15 pills a day. Makes about 3 to 4 trips a month to the hospital in New Orleans. "They put him on a permanent IV in April with his medication, which is $170 for a little bag of medicine; and he has to keep it permanently in until we get a transplant," explains Ella Menard.
Donations are being taken at the church. Plus, an account has been set up at the Bank of Commerce in Rayne. The fund is called "Troy Menard Heart Transplant Fund."