Fundraiser planned Sunday to help Crystal Springs youth

ELKINS – A fundraiser will be held Sunday for the family of a Crystal Springs child suffering from cortical dysplasia, to help them with the financial burden of travel and medical expenses.

The event is being held to benefit Crosby Bender, 3, along with his mother and father, Lori and P.J., and 9-year-old sister, Randilyn. The benefit will begin at 1 p.m. at the H.W. Daniels American Legion Post 29 in Elkins.

The fundraiser is open to the public and will feature bingo, a silent auction, a cake auction and a 50/50 drawing, with all proceeds going to the family.

Prizes from bingo and the silent auction will include gift baskets and other items that have been donated by area businesses. Cakes and other baked goods to be auctioned off have been supplied by family and friends.

Crosby suffers seizures that are brought on by the cortical dysplasia, which effects the top layer of the brain and causes it to form improperly. He was taken to the hospital on Jan. 5 after having two seizures. During the hospital visit a lesion was found on the left frontal lobe of his brain.

Crosby was taken to West Virginia University Children’s Hospital, where doctors performed two brain surgeries, the second on Jan. 30.

While the family has not seen any seizure symptoms since the last surgery, they must take Crosby to Morgantown, to the children’s hospital, every three months for an MRI and EEG to ensure the symptoms do not return.

“I would like to thank everyone that has been there for us with help and support,” Lori Bender said. “The community has really come together and we really appreciate all the prayers.”

“We have been fortunate that a lot (of people) have given donations to help and this will help with medical bills and travel expenses,” Bender added. “We also want people to come out and have a good time.”

Those wishing to donate directly to the family or to the fundraising event can do so by calling Sue Marsh or Ashley Hidely at 304-636-2222 or Barbara Bender at 304-642-0156.