Ben­e­fit to raise funds and aware­ness

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Mor­ri­son el­[email protected]­ton­

The Hope for One Back to School Ben­e­fit will be a chance to raise funds for a lo­cal boy’s fam­ily and to raise aware­ness about com­plex med­i­cal con­di­tions such as his rare tu­mor.

The ben­e­fit for Lathaan Hohn is sched­uled for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Satur­day at the Baux­ite His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion Mu­seum, 6707 Ben­ton Road in Baux­ite.

The event is free to at­tend, but food and ac­tiv­i­ties will cost. Tick­ets are $1 each or $10 for an un­lim­ited play wrist­band. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a 60-foot slip and slide, a 100-foot ob­sta­cle course and a bounce house. In­flat­a­bles will be pro­vided by Blue Rib­bon Bounc­ers.

There will be a foam area where

chil­dren may get a lit­tle wet.

Allysa Hohn, mother of 5-year-old Lathaan, said the ben­e­fit will be a good way to “en­joy sum­mer as it lingers.”

Hohn said Lathan was di­ag­nosed with a rare tu­mor three weeks be­fore he turned 5. It is made of ar­ter­ies and veins. Nor­mally, this type of tu­mor ap­pears as a birth­mark. For Lathaan, it is deep rooted in­side his body, at­tached to his spine and protrud­ing into his chest af­fect­ing his heart, lungs and brain. It will re­quire life­long care.

“It is some­thing we will al­ways have to watch,” she said, adding it will af­fect dif­fer­ent things through­out his life.

Due to the tu­mor, the Hohn fam­ily has to travel to the Mayo Clinic, a hos­pi­tal in Bos­ton and spend time at Arkansas Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal. She said the med­i­cal ex­penses and cost of travel adds up. Hohn said

the fundraiser will help off­set some of the costs.

Hohn also wants to bring aware­ness to KHE, Lathaan’s type of tu­mor, which she said he had a 1 in 300 million chance of get­ting.

She said she gets many ques­tions about Lathaan’s con­di­tions. Many peo­ple think that be­cause it is not can­cer he is OK. She tells them it is like can­cer, just not ma­lig­nant. He will still have to take med­i­ca­tions sim­i­lar to a can­cer pa­tient that can have an ad­verse af­fect on him.

She hopes this ben­e­fit will help ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity.

The fam­ily will be able to ac­cept do­na­tions at the ben­e­fit. Hohn and her hus­band, Drew, plan to have a des­ig­nated ta­ble set up where they will be shar­ing in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing a pam­phlet.

South­ern Gen­tle­men Cater­ing com­pany will be sell­ing bar­be­cue. Frosty Trop­ics Shaved Ice will sell snow cones. Kal & Co. De­signs will have bak­ery items in­clud­ing cup­cakes and cook­ies. Mem­bers of the Baux­ite com­mu­nity will have a con­ces­sions stand with ham­burg­ers and hot dogs for sale. There will also be carnival food such as fun­nel cakes, pop­corn and cot­ton candy.

There will be Han­son’s Balloon Art and face paint­ing by Mal­lo­rie Warner.

Acous­tic artist Jon Atchi­son, pop and rock artist Brad Byrd and coun­try artist Nathan Perry are set to per­form.

For ei­ther $1 or $5, de­pend­ing on the item,

those who at­tend the ben­e­fit can pur­chase raf­fle tick­ets to try to win a three-month voucher and tank top from Full Out Barre, a one-month class voucher and uni­form from Karate for Christ, a one-month class from Doxa Arts Acad­emy, $250 gift cards from Team Clean

Car Wash, sum­mer door hang­ers from Stu­dio 1720, a fa­ther-son hair­cut pack­age from The Shop, $25 gift cer­tifi­cate from Eat My Cat­fish, a fam­ily ses­sion of choice from Carissa Groves Pho­tog­ra­phy and one Parker Buswhacker cross­bow pack­age with 3X il­lu­mi­nated MR scope X306-IR, a gift bas­ket and a cut from the Art of Men’s Cuts, ear buds from Jen­son, Young and Hous­ton Law Firm, a $150 bounce house ren­tal from Blue Rib­bon Bounces and three one-hour mes­sages from Salt Stone Mes­sage Co.

Those who buy tick­ets for the raf­fle can choose which item they want their ticket to go for by putting into that item’s bas­ket.

Af­ter the event, Hohn plans to be­gin look­ing for a dif­fer­ent fam­ily to be the ben­e­fi­ciary of next year’s event. She wants peo­ple to reach out to her with sto­ries of other fam­i­lies they can help.

She wants this to be more than a fun event. She wants it to be some­thing where peo­ple know them at­tend­ing helps some­body. She be­lieves Saline County has a big heart and this a way the com­mu­nity can help out.

Spe­cial to the Saline Courier

The up­com­ing Back to School Ben­e­fit will raise aware­ness of the rare tu­mor Lathaan Hohn, 5, cen­ter, has, and help his fam­ily, from left, Allysa, Kanaan, 6, Ade­line, 4, and Drew, as they deal with the med­i­cal and travel ex­penses of his con­di­tion. The ben­e­fit will be 5 to 8 p.m. Satur­day at the Baux­ite His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion Mu­seum.

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