Thursday, May 15, 2014

Local Event ~ Fundraiser Carnival for Salem

Today, you're reading a guest post from my friend Emily.  She's posted here before about her It Works! business, but today she is telling us about a local fundraising event that she is putting together with another mom, for a local girl and her family.

I am helping to organize a fundraiser for a little girl who is in my daughter’s kindergarten class, who is battling a life-threatening brain tumor. I wanted to do something, anything, to help them, as my heart was breaking for them. Another Mom, Kristy Morales, is helping me to organize it, and we decided on a Carnival theme, to make it fun for families and kids, since it is to benefit a child.  

We have planned carnival games, fun foods, balloon animals, face painting, costumed characters, a fun photo booth, raffles, vendors, build a buddy & crafts, chair massages and more! Friday, May 23, 6-9pm in the Calvary Church Gym, 820 Rt 113, Souderton, PA 18964. (entrance #15, facing Rt 113)  

For those unable to attend in person, there will be online sales by some of the vendors, on the face book page (link at bottom of post), and a % of those sales will go to the family.  

Or you can contact me directly to include a donation to the family:

  • email
  • or call, 215-906-2552

Salem was diagnosed last November with a life threatening brain tumor. She underwent surgery and then heavy chemo, and the family was told that the chance of remission was only around a 30%- 50% at that time. She had to have other surgeries. Salem was out of school for most of November through April, in the hospital or in bed. She suffers nausea, headaches, fatigue, imbalance issues, back pain, difficulty sleeping, double vision, GI issues, hand tremors, and hearing loss, due to the tumor & its treatment. Salem is a triplet, so she has two sisters, and a brother in first grade. The family has dealt with all of this through this winter’s terrible cold and flu season, and massive snow storms (often keeping Salem from being able to see her siblings). Lots of medicine and procedures, long hospital stays, an eye patch and a feeding tube. The chemotherapy was ultimately not successful, and the cancer progressed. The family was talking hospice at that point, and my heart was breaking for them.  
Salem has since undergone a round of radiation, and is currently stabilized. She has been able to come to school some, and the kids are so happy to see her back. The prognosis is not good, but not zero. The family has been scheduled for their Make A Wish trip for the week of our fundraiser, so they regret not being able to actually attend, but we still hope for a good attendance by the community and to raise funds to help with their medical bills and expenses. They hope to know more the week after the fundraiser, when she will have her follow up MRI. They are so thankful to the community for the support, and we hope that everyone continues to offer their prayers and support for Salem and her family.
Please come out and have some fun to help support a local little girl with a big fight! 
Fri, May 23, 6-9pm in the Calvary Church Gym, 820 Rt 113, Souderton, PA. 

For full event details and a list of activities, please check out the event website or the face book event page.

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