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Cooks for Christ to hold benefit for Effingham woman

September 5, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – Cooks for Christ will sponsor a chicken bog benefit for Monica Cain of Effingham on Sept. 13 at the West Florence Fire Station on Pine Needles Road in Florence.

Cain, 39, is in need of a double lung transplant. She began having trouble breathing in July 2011 and was admitted to the hospital. Three months later, after being sent to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, she was diagnosed with a rare disease called PL-12 Anti-Synthetase Syndrome.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m.

Drive-thru lanes will be open, and a bake sale will be held all day. Plates are $7 each. The meal will consist of chicken bog, green beans, slaw and bread.

Lunch and dinner can be delivered for orders of seven plates or more. To schedule a delivery, complete a delivery form and fax or email according to instructions on the form.

Most individuals diagnosed with PL-12 Anti-Synthetase Syndrome have the PL antibody or the 12 antibody, but Cain possesses both. This autoimmune disease attacked her lungs as well as other organs.

Cain also has an interstitial lung disease, which is a large group of disorders that causes lung scarring. Eventually, the lungs become stiff, making breathing difficult. Currently both of her lungs are scarred and breathing is extremely difficult.

Cain will have to relocate to Georgia so Emory University can perform the transplant. Cooks for Christ is raising funds to help with medical expenses as well as travel/living expenses while she is residing in Georgia.

To donate, make checks payable to “Medical Fund for Monica Cain.” For additional information, contact Geraldine Taylor at 843-669-8502/843-229-5943 or Orlean Keith at 843-667-9603/843-601-2524.

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