The Joseph Residence, a Poverello program, is in need of cleaning supplies for new tenants.
Two families are moving into permanent housing. One family needs two womens bicycles with a baby seat, a queen-sized mattress and box spring set, and bedding, a recliner, a full-size bed frame as well as bedding, a small kitchen table and chairs, coffee tables and end tables, bookshelves, and blankets.
Another family needs a TV, lamps, TV stand, twin bed mattress, full-size mattress, vacuum cleaner and a bike with a baby seat.
If you can help with any of these items call Amy Allison, case manage, the Joseph Residence at Maclay Commons, 549-6158.
• When Braylin Coville was born to Dan and Heather Coville on Sept. 9, 2009, his parents hoped he would be free of a rare genetic cancer – Retinoblastoma – which his mother and sister have both battled and survived. Unfortunately, he was not free of the disease. Instead, he now has cancerous tumors growing behind both eyes. Although doctors have tried for months to treat his tumors with radiation, the therapy is not working. His doctors have recently decided to take a more aggressive approach with chemotherapy.
While the family lives in St. Ignatius, and Dan works as a mechanic at D&M Repair in Pablo, the nearest location for treatment of this childhood cancer is in Portland, Ore. Because of Heather’s battle with the disease, she is now legally blind and cannot drive. Therefore, Dan is taking a considerable amount of time off of work while the couple travels with their infant son to Portland every few weeks for treatment.
If you would like to help support this family, donations can be made to the “Braylin Coville Fund” at either Valley Bank or Community Bank. All donations will be used to support the family’s living, travel and medical expenses while Braylin receives treatment.
To learn more about Braylin’s story and receive updates on his health, visit the “Braylin Coville Fund” page on www.facebook.com.
• A benefit for Trinity Goldbar will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at Westside Lanes. Trinity was born on March 10, 2009, 12 weeks early at 2 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 15 inches long. In June, Trinity was diagnosed with Chromosome 13q deletion, a rare chromosomal disorder. She is missing 150 genes on the long arm of her 13th chromosome, which includes the RB1 gene. At birth, infants who have the RB1 gene are able to “fight off” retinoblastoma (a malignant tumor that can form behind the eyes), however, since she does not have the RB1 gene she is being watched closely for the disease.
The benefit will be a Bowl-A-Thon, which consists of five people per team to bowl two games of 8-pin no tap. Registration fee for the Bowl-A-Thon is $125 per team. Prizes will be given to the top three teams with the highest scores. We will also have a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle drawing for cash and prizes.
You can also donate to First Security Bank, 1704 Dearborn, Missoula, MT 59801 C/O Trinity Goldbar Supplemental Needs Trust.
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