Coming up on Saturday, Aug. 25, there’s a special opportunity to shop for everything from jewelry to home décor and at the same time, help a good cause.
Supporters of a medical fund for a local girl, Torie Costa-Zipadelli, are hosting a vendor fair from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Nelsons Family Camp Ground, at 71 Mott Hill Road in East Hampton, CT.
The event will help the organizers keep making progress in their goal to raise $10,000 to benefit pediatric cancer research and the Torie Costa Medical fund.
To date, they have raised $1,881.
Torie’s summer started with a rushed trip to the Hemby Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina (where she was visiting family) on June 7, 2012, with a collapsed left lung that was encased in fluid (known as Pleural Effusion).
That night, the doctors inserted a chest tube to drain the fluid so they could observe the lung. Over the next 4 to 5 days, they conducted many tests and on June 12, discovered a tumor attached to her diaphragm.
Torie’s world changed when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, which is a cancer of the soft connective tissue.
The tumor that invaded her diaphragm and spread to several lymph nodes, so Torie will have the tumor surgically removed and will need chemotherapy and radiation to get healthy.
This warrior began her fight on June 15, her first day of a 54-week treatment plan.
Her family states that Torie has a medical team that is working in collaboration with many of the best physicians from all over the United States.
Torie has an amazing attitude and is determined to win this fight.
Her family, friends and other supporters have created different ways in which the community can help with the medical expenses, and support Torie’s own cause, which is pediatric cancer research and treatment.
There are also different web sites where you can keep up with her progress.
This Saturday, you can help by attending the vendor fair. Among those participating are:
Thirty-One http://www.thirtyonegifts.com – Gina Montano 860-836-2421 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pampered Chef http://www.pamperedchef.com – Diane Krajewski 860-467-6899 email@example.com
Lia Sophia http://www.liasophia.com/regional/home – Lisa Gandy 203-634-7648 firstname.lastname@example.org
Silpada http://silpada.com/public/home.jsf – Carol Burke 860-537-2519 www.mysilpada.com/carolburke
Tastefully Simple http://www.tastefullysimple.com – Ruth Gawkoswki 860-267-8863 email@example.com
Stella and Dot http://www.stelladot.com – Erica Fisher 860-685-8793 firstname.lastname@example.org
Willow House http://willowhouse.com – Nikki Bafudo 203-258-0373 email@example.com
Unable to attend the event? You can help by making purchases from these vendors online. Please contact the vendor directly and mention “Kim Gagliano Host-Benefit for Torie”.
If you decide to book a home show, it will also directly benefit Pediatric Cancer Research and the Torie Costa-Zipadelli Medical Fund.
You can also visit Torie’s Caring Bridge page at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/toriecosta Please note that donations made on this site go directly to Caring Bridge and not to Torie’s medical fund.
Visit one of these web site to make a donation:
Again, the goal is to raise $10,000.
Posted August 24, 2012
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