A benefit held recently at the Harlan Center for Michaela Greene, a 3-year-old girl suffering from a fatal illness, raised thousands of dollars to aid with some of the bills.
The event, called “A Miracle for Michaela,” saw about 150 members of the community come out to help the child.
According to Harlan Tourism Director Brandon Pennington, approximately $8,000 was raised.
“Festivities for the benefit included a dinner provided by the Harlan Station, a silent auction, entertainment provided by Tammie Chapman, testimonies and videos about Michaela, door prizes and a raffle,” said Pennington. “The silent auction included a wide variety of items donated from the community. It included vouchers from restaurants, a miter saw, a weed eater, artwork from the local community as well as artwork completed by Michaela Greene and much more. One of the hot items at the silent auction was RJ Corman Dinner Train tickets.”
A press release states Michaela was diagnosed with a fatal genetic condition called leukodystrophy. According to the United Leukodystrophy Foundation, the disease is a rare genetic disorder that impacts the central nervous. These disorders are progressive, meaning that they tend to get worse throughout the life of the patient.
Pennington stated that all proceeds from the event are going toward the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible van that will be used to transport Michaela to her many doctor’s appointments.
Michaela’s mother, Erin Greene, pointed out in a previous report that wheelchair accessible vans carry a large price tag, anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000. She added they had looked at used vans, but the mileage has been too high for the vehicle to be reliable.
The event featured a grand prize raffle of a trip to Hawaii donated by Perfect Ten, with Kevin and Megan Cavins winning the grand prize.
Anyone wanting more information about Michaela or wishing to make a donation may access her Facebook page by searching for the group, “A Miracle for Michaela.” Donations may also be made through Michaela’s Go Fund Me page at http://www.gofundme.com/ams7dg.
Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter #joe_hde