Yard sale Saturday for sick child.
By David Leone
WAKE FOREST — “Isn’t it amazing?”
This was volunteer Lisa Krahulec’s reaction to the outpouring of support, shared in the form of yard sale goods, people in the community donated last week for the upcoming Melan-Aid benefit.
The sale, which is this Saturday at the corner of Stadium Drive and Rock Springs Road in Wake Forest, will help the family of Melaney Jayne Holden, a young girl with brain cancer.
Over the course of two days, people dropped off a roomful of clothes, pictures, toys, games and books, as well as DVDs, CDs, kitchen items and tools. Spotted amongst the pile were a surfboard, car seat, and kids’ Trek bicycle.
“It’s a worthy cause and a way to help a brave little girl,” Dorthy Bunn commented on a Facebook page for the sale. “Prayers are also being said for her courage.”
Melany was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma in June of last year.
In the past 13 months, Melaney has gone through six rounds of inpatient chemotherapy, a nine-hour tumor removal surgery, stem cell transplant, 12 rounds of radiation and antibody therapy.
Just as the treatment was ending, a severe headache brought her to the emergency room where a large tumor was discovered. The doctors have also found a other areas of concern in her lungs, which sent her back to the hospital the very day the collection began.
Learning of the family’s needs galvanized friends and neighbors into action to create the Melan-Aid benefit. A group of seven or eight moms formed an ad hoc planning committee, assigning tasks on the fly.
One crafted a poster to hang on lampposts and another for Facebook.
The warehouse to hold the donated items was loaned. People drove up, unloading trunkfuls of salable items.
A group of Melanie’s friends are also making bracelets and keychains to donate and sell as well.
Jill Backstrom is one of the volunteers.
“We did a lemonade and bake sale last year. My daughter was in school with Melaney in kindergarten,” she said, referring to North Forest Pines Elementary. “It’s crazy the amount of money for all the procedures she’s had to do.”
The family has asked for nothing, except prayers, Backstrom said, adding, “It’s not fair that Melaney went to kindergarten and tracked out and was fine and then their whole world changed.”
All of the money raised from the sale will go to the family to help with medical costs and related expenses.
The location is a parking lot on Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary property, adjacent to Wake Forest High School. The sale runs from 7 a.m. to noon.