ELLSWORTH -¬† ‚ÄúMake Your Own Sundae‚ÄĚ Sweet Feast, Bake Sale and HUGE Chinese Auction for 20 month old Brock Blanchard of Mount Desert will be held from noon to 5pm on Saturday, August 14th at the VFW Post 109, on Eastern Road in Ellsworth . Brock suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. Brock is the son of Rebecca Stanley-Blanchard and Chadd Blanchard. Since birth, Brock has undergone numerous procedures and tests. Due to this, medical expenses have far exceeded the financial means of the family.
Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects mainly the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 world wide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
On a daily basis, Brock has to take a pancreatic enzyme every time he eats (he is pancreatic deficient). This includes snacks and even with a glass of milk. Brock is up to 25 pills per day. The cost of this prescription is $1,600.00 every 60 days. Due to a lung bacteria (pseudomonas) he contracted in January 2010 (which decreases his lung function), Brock was prescribed two powerful antibiotics costing over $6,500.00 for a 28-day prescription. And more recently, Rebecca and Chadd have had to order a special chest therapy vest at a cost of $16,000.00. This vest is to be used twice or more times a day at 20 minutes each time for the rest of his life. This vest helps Brock extract black mucus that is stuck in his lungs. Brock also takes vitamins morning and night and has an acid reducer medication as well. He attends Cystic Fibrosis clinic every 3 months at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and undergoes blood work and chest x-rays every 6 months.
Myself, along with my cousin Katie Fitch and other family members and friends are teaming up to put this benefit together to raise funds to help out Rebecca, Chadd and Brock. Our goal is to raise money from this event to defray medical expenses, and to help with the cost of Brock‚Äôs prescriptions and the purchase of the chest therapy vest.
Your generous donations of auction items, monetary donations or food items for this fundraising event will be greatly appreciated. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Blanchard family. There has recently been a savings account established in Rebecca‚Äôs name for Brock at Bangor Savings Bank in Ellsworth. If you wish, please send monetary donations directly to Bangor Savings Bank 59 Foster St. Ellsworth, ME 04605.
We hope that you all will consider being a part of making this fundraiser a HUGE success! Please join the Blanchard family on their quest to save Brock‚Äôs life and the lives of many other children and young adults, and be activists for this cause by bringing public awareness to this disease in hopes of changing the meaning of CF to CURE FOUND. There are children dying everyday from a disease that COULD be cured with proper funding. The Blanchard‚Äôs receive no government funding, so they must rely on the private sector. For more information contact Kimberly Fitch at 207 812 0172.
Contact Name: KIMBERLY FITCH
Telephone Number: (207)812-0172