Payson Mar­ket rais­ing funds for girl with rare con­di­tion

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Stacy Thomas

“In our stores, we be­lieve that our peo­ple make a world of dif­fer­ence. We in­vest in our peo­ple so that they can take care of you.” This state­ment is found on the Payson Mar­ket web­site and it’s more than just empty rhetoric. Just ask Tina Hol­man. Tina works in their deli de­part­ment.

In 2006, her daugh­ter, Sa­van­nah, was di­ag­nosed with Van­ish­ing White Mat­ter (VWM). VWM is an ex­tremely rare con­di­tion that de­stroys myelin, the brain’s white mat­ter. There is cur­rently no cure for VWM. It is a pro­gres­sive con­di­tion and suf­fer­ers can ex­pect an in­creas­ing loss of mo­tor skills, loss of vi­sion, epilep­tic seizures and more. Few suf­fer­ers sur­vive more than 5 to 10 years af­ter on­set. Payson Mar­ket, on be­half of Tina and her daugh­ter, is try­ing to make a dif­fer­ence.

Through­out the month of July, cus­tomers will have the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase a bal­loon for $1. The bal­loons will be col­lected, and on Aug. 6, all bal­loons will be filled with he­lium and re­leased. Manager Mike Tip­petts en­vi­sions a rain­bow of color float­ing through the sky as part of a “Find a Cure for VWM” lo­cal fundraisSee

ing and aware­ness event. He be­lieves in the Payson com­mu­nity and is con­fi­dent they will come to­gether to par­tic­i­pate in this grand ges­ture of sup­port for Tina and Sa­van­nah. Payson Mar­ket is lo­cated at 586 N. Main in Payson. Bal­loons will be avail­able for pur­chase un­til the date of the bal­loon re­lease. More in­for­ma­tion on VWM as well as con­tri­bu­tion ef­forts can be found at www.vwm­foun­da­tion.org.

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