Child with Crohn’s dis­ease strug­gles through hol­i­days

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Seven-year-old Tyra has been suf­fer­ing from Crohn’s dis­ease for as long as she can re­mem­ber and has spent most of her young life deal­ing with ab­dom­i­nal pain, se­vere cramps and fevers.

The rest of the time Tyra is too ex­hausted from the ill­ness to play with her sib­lings and neigh­bors. Of­ten, she re­mains rel­e­gated to the house as Crohn’s also leaves her feel­ing empty and un­able to con­nect and play with any­one her age.

Tyra’s mom, Carly, has been forced to cut down on hours at her job so that she has time to drive Tyra to all of her doc­tor’s ap­point­ments in Bal­ti­more. Due to the drop in pay, al­most all of her pay­checks go di­rectly to elec­tric, wa­ter and food. Any ex­tra is re­served solely for gas money to drive to these weekly ap­point­ments, leav­ing noth­ing for Christ­mas gifts.

Carly wishes she had the abil­ity to work full-time so she can sup­port her fam­ily, how­ever, Tyra’s con­di­tion is wors­en­ing and it has be­come in­creas­ingly harder to pro­vide her chil­dren with the lives and hol­i­days they de­serve.

Tax-de­ductible do­na­tions, which also help other fam­i­lies in need on the MidShore, may be sent to: The Brighter Christ­mas Fund, c/o The Star Demo­crat, P.O. Box 600, Eas­ton, MD 21601. Do­na­tions also may be made on­line at www.brighter­christ­mas­fund.org (click the do­nate but­ton).

The to­tal to date is: $70,629.93.

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