Event will help pay child's medical bills


October 04, 2002|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SUN STAFF

A GROUP of area residents has reached out to help the family of young Jesse White, who is recovering from brain surgery, by sponsoring a fund-raiser to help with medical and therapy bills.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Lake Shore Democratic Club, 236 Maryland Ave.

Mike Cadogan, fund-raiser organizer, said that when he learned about the plight of the White family, he had to help.

"I thought that I had to do something for this family," he said. "They have been through so much over the past few months and still have more to face."

Physicians at the University of Maryland Medical Center diagnosed Jesse with a brain aneurysm early last summer.

Jesse's mom, Missy, was forced to close her day care business to devote her time to her son's recovery. That left Marc, Jesse's dad, as the only breadwinner.

After enduring three major surgeries, a two-month stint in the hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a brief stay at Mount Washington Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, Jesse has returned home.

The 8-year-old is in physical therapy three days a week to help with weakness on his right side caused by a stroke he had while in the hospital.

During the months of Jesse's hospitalization, family, friends and neighbors pulled together to keep the White household going, but the bills for hospitals, surgeries and recovery have concerned his family.

"We have had a difficult time keeping it going, but we did, thanks to help and prayers from so many people," said Norma Pluck, Jesse's maternal grandmother.

Tickets for the fund-raiser are $20 each, with all of the money benefiting Jesse and his family.

Local organizations and businesses have donated food, beverages, music, entertainment, items for a silent auction and raffle prizes.

The response from the community has been very positive, Cadogan said, "but there's always room for more donations."

Family members say Jesse's recovery is going well.

"When this first happened, we were told not to expect much," his grandmother said.

"But to my surprise, Jesse is still the sweet, smiling little boy that he was before all of this happened. I call him our miracle child. I know that the hospital and doctors helped, but it was also the prayers of so many people pulling for Jesse," she said.

Information: Dick or Sandi Parrish, 410-544-1865; Mike or Chrissy Cadogan, 410-255-5557.

Old-fashioned crafts

Hancock's Resolution, Pasadena's link to post-Revolutionary War America, is holding its third annual Old-Fashioned Crafts Day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The rain date is Oct. 20.

Peggy Hanna, a veteran volunteer docent at the park and event coordinator, said the craft exhibition has proven popular with visitors.

"More people come each year, so they must enjoy it," she said.

She explained that the crafts being demonstrated Sunday are skills that our ancestors needed to survive.

"The Hancock family would not have done these crafts to have fun but to keep the family and the farmstead going," she said.

The list of hobby craftsmen and women sharing their skills include Christine Crawford, basket making; Gladys Twigg, crocheting and knitting; Gordon Hanna, decoy carving; Millie Crebs and Betty Ann Blanchard, quilting; the Lovelace family, bee keeping; Paul Hogge, woodworking with antique tools; and the Friendly Thyme Herb Club, culinary and medicinal herbs.

An addition to this year's event is a demonstration of rug hooking by the Anne Arundel County Rug Hookers group.

Docents will lead tours of the 1785 farmhouse and grounds.

Admission to the park is free, but donations to help with improvements at the park will be accepted. The park is at 2795 Bayside Beach Road, off Fort Smallwood Road.

Information: 410-255-7041.

Funding cancer fight

Today, the faculty and staff at St. Jane Frances School in Riviera Beach will arm themselves with pink ribbons and slide into their favorite blue jeans to help raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer as a part of Lee National Denim Day.

Cynthia Weiland, teacher and event coordinator, said this is the largest, one-day nationwide fund-raiser for breast cancer.

Every dollar of the $5 donation will help fund research, education, screening and research programs. A teacher at the school has been diagnosed with breast cancer, she said.

"This program empowers the faculty and staff to make a small contribution, five dollars, and make a big impact on the community," she said. More than 60 teachers and staff members at the Riviera Beach school will participate.

For the seventh year, Lee Jeans invited businesses and organizations to participate in the fund-raiser by allowing employees to wear denim to work in exchange for a $5 donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

In the past six years, the fund-raiser has generated more than $30 million for the fight against breast cancer.

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