Restaurant holds ‘Tacos for Luke’ fundraiser, shows support for teen who suffered heart attack

DAYTON — A local teenager who had a heart attack at basketball practice is out of the hospital.

Luke Mangen, 16, suffered a heart attack during basketball practice at Northmont High School earlier this month.

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News Center 7 has covered the outpour of support for Mangen and his family.

Now the support continues at one local restaurant — La Fiesta.

The restaurant held a fundraiser Wednesday called “Tacos for Luke.”

The community came out to show their support.

“I think it’s great,” Diana Espy, Northmont High School teacher said.

Twenty percent of the proceeds raised are going toward Mangen and his family.

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“He belongs to the community ... so why not to help ... why not to give something back,” Johnny Fuentas, manager of La Fiesta said.

He said a Northmont basketball parent reached out to see if the restaurant could help.

“It’s been pretty tough on their family,” Espy said.

While Mangen and his family continue to heal, the community supports them.

“I’m not surprised at all, this is a great community,” Espy said.

Fuentas said he hopes to be able to give back to the community.

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