Fundraiser To Help Cerebral Palsy Patient Obtain Wheelchair-accessible Van

September 19, 2018

In Times of Need, Northeast Pennsylvania comes to the aid of its own. In our regular column, Patrice Wilding provides a platform for area residents facing a variety of obstacles to create awareness and connect them with much-needed help.


Who: Serena Evans of White Haven is a typical 16-year-old in the way that she loves her two brothers, Darien and Liam, and enjoys listening to music, shopping, going out to eat and hanging out with friends. Though her advanced cerebral palsy and multiple-seizure disorder limit her from walking and talking, Serena remains very expressive and can find ways to let her wants and need be known, whether it’s by smiling, rolling her eyes or other distinct indicators. At times, however, she becomes very frustrated that she cannot do anything on her own.

What: Donations for Serena’s care are being accepted through her GoFundMe page and the mail, with checks made payable to Serena’s Rae of Sunshine, 273 Buck Blvd., White Haven, PA 18661. Friends and family also organized Serena’s Rae of Sunshine Benefit, which will feature music by Blue Moxie, the Lesser Knowns, Zayre Mountain, Flaxy Morgan Duo, the Blennd and DJ Joe Hussey from Jester Entertainment. Admission costs $10 in advance and $15 at the door (children 12 and under enter for free) and includes basket and 50/50 raffles, yard games, a kids craft and activity station, a selfie station plus food available for purchase. The Sweet Lush Cupcake Camper will be on hand for most of the event. More information can be found online at serenasraeofsunshine.com.

When: Sunday, Sept. 23, 1 to 7 p.m.

Where: Plains Twp. Municipal Park, Clark Lane

Why: Proceeds will help with costs associated in obtaining a wheelchair-accessible van for Serena, as well as continued care from her family and her longtime nurse, Heather Fauntleroy.

In her own words: “As Serena’s getting older and bigger, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get her out and about to do all the activities she loves. We are having a benefit to raise money so she can continue to get out and enjoy life.” — Rebecca Frame, Serena’s mom

Update: The benefit dinner held Saturday for Paupack Twp.’s Robert “Rob” Forsythe, who is recovering from a paralyzing fall, was a phenomenal success, family friend Marianne Edwards shared. “From strangers to loved ones, the community came together and really gave from their wallets and their hearts,” Edwards said. “Rob is continuing his recovery at home with a uncompromised determination. He and his family are in awe and grateful to all. It will help tremendously.”

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