Fundraiser planned for 12-year-old Hudson cancer patient
By APRIL GUILMET
Union Leader Correspondent | January 08. 2014 10:34PM
McKenzie Lowe, a Hudson sixth-grader, was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in November 2012.
Late last November, McKenzie’s family made a public plea for support, noting that an experimental new drug not yet approved by the FDA might be their last hope.
The family hopes to travel to Texas soon for McKenzie’s treatments, though as it stands now they’re still awaiting word on whether that will happen.Meanwhile, McKenzie and her family are trying their best to remain positive.Frank LaFountain, McKenzie’s grandfather, said McKenzie spent four days at Children’s Hospital in Boston last week after contracting a stomach virus and a bad sinus infection.
By Tuesday afternoon, McKenzie was feeling much better and attended a roller skating party with her Girl Scout troop.
“Frank approached me with the petition,” Lavery recalled. “I told him we’d love to host a fundraiser.”
“As a parent myself, I’m hoping we can make it extra special,” Lavery said.
Highlights of the fundraiser include a silent auction and performances by the Granite Statesmen singers.
Lavery said he’s still seeking donations of silent auction items from area businesses and community members. Those wishing to help with the auction are encouraged to contact him at 886-4132.