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Blessings for Brook

Molalla Elementary School is holding a BBQ and Bingo for Brook fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at the school.


Brook Garhardt, a second-grader at Molalla Elementary School who needs financial help to send her to Boston for a lifesaving treatment.Molalla Elementary School is holding a BBQ and Bingo for Brook fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at the school.

Brook Garbart is a second-grade student at Molalla Elementary School who was born with Down’s Syndrome.

She needs help from the community in sending her to Boston for a lifesaving opportunity to undergo treatment for a reare esophageal disorder called Achalasia.

Recently, Brook was diagnosed with Achalasia, a rare esophageal disorder which prevents food from traveling through her esophagus into her stomach. She is one of only a handful of children in the United States with the disorder. Food sits on top of her stomach for three days waiting to be digested.

There are five other diagnoses that Brook endures as well as the Achalasia and Down’s, one of which is constant stomach acid in her throat.

Doctors have been resistant to treating Brook’s condition because she is the first child to be diagnosed with both Down's Syndrome and Achalasia in Oregon. (And because her trachea is tissue paper thin.)

Brook and her mother have spent months in and out of doctors' offices and hospitals trying to find someone who is willing to surgically treat Brook. This condition is rare among adults (1:100,000) between 30-50 years old. But, last week her mother received a call from a doctor in Boston who is willing to see Brook and treat her condition. This has been an appointment they have been praying to happen for the last several years

Brook’s father is terminally ill and on disability , which allows Brook to collect a small monthly axillary stipend, and that is the family's sole income. Their finances are stretched beyond their limits.

Brook’s mother is determined to get to this appointment, but has no way of coming up with the money for the plane tickets or expenses while in Boston (short of putting her family into bankruptcy).

Here’s the school’s plan: The Molalla Elementary School PTC has organized the BINGO for BROOK event, Friday, Dec. 13.

A BBQ pulled pork dinner will be served for a minimum donation at 6 p.m. Bingo will start at 6:30 p.m. with 18 games scheduled.

In addition, donations may be made to any branch of US Bank for Brook’s Blessings, account 153666474538.

For more information contact Robin Bergin, counselor at Molalla Elementary School, 503-829-4333.




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