A benefit concert slated for Friday night at the Scott County Lifesaving Crew Bingo Building will assist a local family in need.
Two-year-old Mia Taylor, the daughter of Jeff and Tina Taylor of Yuma, is scheduled to have a bone marrow transplant in late May at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. And their friends are planning a benefit to help offset their expenses.
Local band Copper Ridge performs at the 6 p.m. concert and all proceeds will go to the Taylor Family.
Just three weeks after her birth, her parents found out their young daughter had Diamond Blackfan anemia, a disorder of the bone marrow after a visit to the emergency room. Patients with Diamond-Blackfan anemia fail to make enough red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the body’s tissues.
Tina Taylor explained that Mia’s sister, eight-year-old Santanna, is the bone marrow donor for her sister. Mia is currently undergoing treatment through Niswonger Children’s Hospital, an affiliate of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
While St. Jude provides free medical care to youths, the family will have associated expenses (gas, lodging and food) during the anticipated 100-day stay Mia will have. Donations to assist the family can be dropped off during the event.
For more information, contact Karen Davidson at Appalachian Community Action and Development Agency at 452-2441.