Market, benefit dinner later this month will recognize Newberg child with cystic fibrosis

A one-day market will return to Newberg this weekend for the second time in the past six months in honor of a young, Newberg resident's struggle with cystic fibrosis.

At least 25 area vendors are expected to sell their wares at Vivi's Vintage Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at The Old Schoolhouse, 23945 N.E. North Valley Road.

All proceeds from the market and a benefit dinner later this month will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit supporting research to find a cure for the genetic, chronic lung disease.

The market is named after 2-year-old Vivian Lee, who was born with the costly and life-threatening disease for which there is no cure, according to Vivian's mother Christy Rimrodt, who has organized the market as a way to build awareness about the disease.

"As a mom of a child with a chronic illness, I need to feel like I am doing everything in my power to fight for my child," she said in an email. "While it is smaller than other larger fundraising galas, it has become a fun way for people to support Vivian and a great cause with even small contributions."

The disease causes mucus to build up in certain organs, according to the CFF. The mucus most acutely impacts the lungs, where it inhibits breathing and can cause frequent respiratory infections, as well as the pancreas, where it hinders the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients.

Although there is not yet a cure, Rimrodt said research, fundraising and greater awareness over the past 20 years have greatly increased the quality of life and life expectancy for people with cystic fibrosis.

"All we can do is continue to fight and raise awareness so that one day there is a cure," she said. "Whether that is in Vivian's lifetime or not, I pray that one day cystic fibrosis will not be a disease that takes lives."

The curated market will offer vintage home décor items, furniture, handmade gifts, jewelry and other items.

Although the market opens at 10 a.m. free of charge, eager shoppers can buy an early bird ticket to get in at 8:30 a.m. to have first picks of the items for sale.

In addition, Recipe Part Deux, 602 E. First St., will host a benefit dinner to fund cystic fibrosis research in Vivian's honor at 5 p.m. May 21. Tickets for the benefit are $85 per person and the evening will include a four-course dinner, and a raffle of magnum-sized bottles of wine donated by area wineries.

More information about the market, the benefit and the Vivian's struggle is available at

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