De­signer Bag Bingo to sup­port Gil­bertsville boy and his fam­ily

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - From John Young

The sixth an­nual fundraiser Girls’ Night Out for “Bingo Bags & Wine 4 Ethan” will be held on Sat­ur­day, Nov. 3, at the North End Fire Com­pany, 301 Prospect St., Pottstown. Reg­is­tra­tion start­ing at 6 p.m. Bingo from 7 to 10 p.m. Cost is $25 in ad­vance, $30 at the door.

The fundraiser ben­e­fits 9-year-old Gil­bertsville res­i­dent Ethan Schwartz and his fam­ily.

Prizes for Bingo game win­ners will con­sist of as­sorted de­signer bags by Coach, Kate Spade and Michael Kors. There will also be raf­fles and a 50/50 draw­ing at the end of the night.

Ethan is an amaz­ing 9-year-old boy who was born with the same con­gen­i­tal heart de­fect as Jimmy Kim­mel’s son, Billy. A few weeks af­ter his sec­ond birth­day, fol­low­ing his fourth surgery, Ethan suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest which led to a se­vere anoxic brain in­jury and has been wheel­chair bound since then with Spas­tic Quad­ri­plegic Cere­bral Palsy, in ad­di­tion to his con­gen­i­tal heart con­di­tion. He re­quires vig­i­lant and ac­tive med­i­cal care 24/7.

“It takes a vil­lage” to raise a child like Ethan, try­ing to pro­vide as nor­mal a life as pos­si­ble for he and his fam­ily. As he grows, he re­quires new equip­ment to ac­com­mo­date his needs; he reg­u­larly has ther­a­pies which are ben­e­fi­cial for his cog­ni­tive and phys­i­cal abil­i­ties and is con­stantly hav­ing lab­o­ra­tory and blood­work tests, doc­tor’s vis­its and hos­pi­tal stays and other med­i­cal care which puts a bur­den on his fam­ily’s re­sources and re­la­tion­ships. There are many costs as­so­ci­ated with his care which are to­tally out-of-pocket ex­penses.

You can learn more about Ethan’s Heart Jour­ney at www.face­ Et hans Heart Jour­ney.

You can also help Ethan, his 12-year-old sis­ter, Ju­lianna, Mom and Dad have as happy and “nor­mal” a life as pos­si­ble by do­ing at least one of the fol­low­ing:

• Reg­is­ter on line at bin­gob­agswine4ethan.sim­ for Bingo and a fun Girls’ Night Out

• Make an on-line do­na­tion at bin­gob­agswine4ethan.sim­

• Mail con­tri­bu­tions to “The Ethan Schwartz Spe­cial Needs Trust,” P.O. Box 486, Gil­bertsville, PA 19525

• Reg­is­ter on Nov. 3 with cash or check be­tween 6 and 7 p.m.

• Make a cash or check do­na­tion on Nov. 3 any­time from 6 to 10 p.m.

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