— In an effort to raise funds for her upcoming transplant, Cornerstone Baptist Church will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser 4-8 p.m. Sept. 11 for Madison Lasley, 1, of Flint Township.
Lasley was diagnosed July 1 with Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML). She and her parents, Becky and Joe Lasley, are preparing for a bone marrow transplant by the end of October in hopes of curing the rare blood cancer. The Lasleys, who are expecting their second child, Josiah, in September, are hopeful that their son’s umbilical cord blood will be a match for Lasley, but the chances are only 25 percent. While the family and Madison’s doctor at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor are optimistic that Josiah will be a match, Lasley’s transplant specialist has crafted a back-up plan that involves finding an unrelated donor.
Since the news of her disease and upcoming transplant became public, communities across the county have banded together to help her and her family through bone marrow drives and raising of funds for medical expenses. Flint Township first held a bone marrow drive and picnic to raise awareness, followed by a bone marrow drive at the Lasley’s church, Bethany Baptist in Burton. Between the two bone marrow drives, close to 500 people have been tested as potential donors.
For more information on Lasley or the spaghetti dinner, visit caringbridge.
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