A little more than a year ago, 8-year-old Wichitan Grant Pierce broke his left femur while playing ball. The injury required the care of Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City because he was born with a rare malformation that affects his veins.
Over the past year, he’s undergone multiple surgeries, spent time in a cast from the chest down and taken on physical therapy. He can’t walk and is preparing to fly again to Boston’s Children’s Hospital Vascular Anomalies Clinic for treatment.
On Oct. 4, an event called “Standing Strong for Grant” will seek to raise money to help pay for medical costs incurred by his family that insurance won’t cover. The fundraiser runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas. It includes a silent auction, a D.J., light refreshments, a photo booth and children’s games. For the first two hours, a face painter and balloon artist will be on site.
“He hasn’t had much of a life the past 14 months,” said Grant’s aunt, Lynzee Bleier. “So this is a way for the community, our church, his school and his friends to come together and show support for him.”
For more information, including how to donate to Grant’s cause outside of the event, contact Bleier at 316-390-6752. She can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.