After he suffered a stroke 10 years ago, the 44-year-old Harris was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and congestive heart failure. He's been through 2 pacemakers and now has to use a partial artificial heart. He needs a transplant to survive.
Marxen convinced the entire Clayton County Republican Party to take on his Democratic friend as a fundraising project. "They said, 'well, that doesn't matter anyway, you know, he needs help and we need to do that,'" he added.
"We've been friends for so long, if the situation was reversed, I'd do the same for him, too," Harris said.
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