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Spaghetti Supper & Raffle for Shayna Newton

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Shayna is battling Rasmussen encephalitis, a rare disorder of the central nervous system; proceeds from the event will assist with her medical expenses and monthly travel to Boston Children’s Hospital.

Family members are organizing a Spaghetti Supper & Raffle to benefit Shayna Newton on Saturday, January 23. Shayna is battling Rasmussen encephalitis, a rare disorder of the central nervous system; proceeds from the event will assist with her medical expenses and monthly travel to the Boston Children’s Hospital.

The supper will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and the raffle will be drawn at 6:30; you need not be present to win. The meal will include spaghetti & meatballs, macaroni & cheese, casseroles, salad, sides, dessert and beverages. A cash bar and take-out will be available. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children. They may be purchased at the door. The event will take place at VFW Post 1603 at 588 Minot Avenue in Auburn.

Rasmussen encephalitis, which occurs mostly in children between the ages of two and ten years, is often at its most severe during the first 8 to 12 months. The patient experiences frequent episodes of disturbances in the brain that cause epileptic seizures and permanent neurological deficits. Symptoms include progressive weakness on one side of the body and language and intellectual disabilities. The exact cause of the disorder is not known. Shayna will need brain surgery in the future to keep the disease from spreading and causing more damage to her brain.

For more information, contact Donna Cote at 345-3124 or Debra Cote at 784-5284. Donations are also welcome and may be mailed to Donna Cote at 432 South Main Street, Mechanic Falls, 04256.

 

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