ROLESVILLE — Two years ago, the community in and around Rolesville came together to raise money for Brooke Parrish a then-12-year-old with a rare liver disorder, in need of transplant.
Two years later, Brooke still needs the transplant and is on the liver transplant list at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pittsburg, Pa.
Transplants are serious, and their cost reflects that reality. So Brooke’s Buddies are reconvening June 21 for a second Brooke’s Buddies Bash to raise money for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in honor of the now 14-year-old.
COTA is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. COTA’s priority is to assure that no child or young adult is denied a transplant or excluded from a transplant waiting list due to lack of funds. All funds — 100 percent — raised in honor of transplant patients are used for transplant-related expenses.
Next Saturday, the party is happening 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Rolesville town hall, 502 Southtown Circle,
The Buddies Bash is a a family fun day, filled with events such as DJ and dancing, hula hoop contests, cake walks, corn hole, a magic show, raffles and a silent auction. There are many items donated by area businesses – there’s something for everyone, even the family dog. Items donated are in the categories of beauty, family fun, fitness, food and drink, accessories, photography, autographed items, rock climbing, Mudcat Luxury Sky box tickets and even Disney Park Hopper Passes. See www.COTAforTeamBrookeP.com to learn more.
“The family and friends of Brooke Parrish want to encourage all to attend this special event filled with family fun and prizes, Event Chair Jeanette Whalen said. “Help us make a miracle for Brooke and her family.”
Brooke has been diagnosed with hepatopulmonary syndrome. The Parrish family needs an estimated $60,000 to pay transplant-related expenses. Brooke’s family has asked for assistance from COTA, a national charity based in Bloomington, Ind. COTA is dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. COTA’s services are completely free of charge.
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