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Benefit honors memory of infant

CHAMPLAIN The Champlain American Legion Post was active with remembrance and homage this past Saturday as the memory of an infant was honored. A benefit spaghetti dinner and 50/50 raffle were held to assist the LaFountain family, whose son, Richard LaFountain Jr., passed away Sept. 6. Just two months and seven days after Richard and Candi LaFountains son was brought into the worldweighing six pounds, eleven ounces he was taken from it. A knot in Richard Jr.s small intestine left the young child incurable. He was born with it already in a knot, [but] as it twisted it pinched a main artery, and he bled to death [internally], said his father, Richard. It was just genetics; even if the doctor knew, there wouldnt be anything to do. The doctors tried to revive him for about three minutes, which is much longer than they usually spend on any other person; [it] wasnt their fault, added Candi, Richard Jr.s mother. Candi looked back on her time spent with her baby boy, reflecting on her most cherished moment. He was lying on the floor, and I was singing to him. He looked up at me and he smiled we connected. It melted my heart when I saw it, she said. The organizers of the event were Richards aunt, Catherine LaFountain and his mother. Proceeds of the dinner and raffle will benefit funeral costs and other expenses. The couple agreed the support of their family and friends has aided the most in their coping with their lost loved one. Both Richard and Candi praised the continued support and thanked everyone for their blessings. Andrew Matott is a student correspondent from Northeastern Clinton Central School.

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