Saturday, April 19, 2014

EDITORIAL >> Support sick kids

Two upcoming fundraisers deserve extra mention because they will benefit sick children. So we encourage community members to turn out and support the families who are trying hard to help their kids overcome rare illnesses. (See Events Notebook, page 2A.)

The first one, a fish fry from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday in Jacksonville High School’s cafeteria, will help pay for out-of-state travel expenses for the medical care of 6-year-old Charli Kay Cooper, who is suffering from a rare seizure disorder.

Catfish, chicken, coleslaw, baked beans and hushpuppies are available dine-in or take-out for $10. Tickets are available at the JHS main office or by calling 501-982-2128. Donations can also be contributed at the JHS office.

The other is a 5K run/walk Saturday, May 3 at Beebe City Hall. It will help pay for the medical expenses of Gracie Hall, the 15-month-old daughter of Josh and Juli Hall. The toddler has HLH (Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis), a rare immune system disorder.

All donations will be appreciated. For more information, e-mail or call Jenni Taylor at 501-281-0540o or Mary Seymore at 501-605-2864.

Let’s show these families that we are with them in their time of need.