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VFW's Saturday, Dec. 3 luncheon benefits student

 

November 29, 2016  | View PDF

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 to benefit Diamond View School eighth-grader Abby Dunn, 13, recently stricken with acute flaccid myelitis.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2381 hosts a special roast pork luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 to benefit Diamond View School eighth-grader Abby Dunn, 13, recently stricken with acute flaccid myelitis.

Ron Wood, the VFW's quartermaster, said the Lassen High School Cadet Corps, cheerleaders and drill team will help with the luncheon, and all proceeds will go to the Dunn family.

AFM is a relatively newly discovered and rare polio-like disease that affects about 1 in every 2.7 million children. Scientists don't know the cause of this disease that affects the spinal cord, but they believe it most likely the result of a viral infection.

Dunn's mother, Jill Fish, said her daughter suffered pain in her legs, and then on Oct. 28 she became paralyzed from the waist down. Dunn is currently being treated at the U.C. Davis Medical Center.

"We don't know if it's permanent or not," Dunn's mother said. "It's a long recovery either way, at least six months or longer."

"This is a very rare condition, but I think it's important that we take it seriously because it does have long-term and potentially disabling consequences," said Dr. Kevin Messacar, a pediatric infectious disease physician and researcher at Children's Hospital Colorado. "We understand this condition better than we did in 2014, but there's still a lot to learn. The process is slow, but progress is being made."

There is no cure for AFM. Treatment only focuses on alleviating symptoms.

Those who can't attend the luncheon and wish to make a donation can go to gofundme.com/6d-abby-dunn.

 

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