Miracles of Rotary

On December 13th Rotarians and community leaders were locked up at Strickland’s on Oleander drive. The jailbirds had to raise money to get the keys to freedom. We raised enough money to give a 13 years old diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma a gaming laptop so she can play games with her family while she’s visiting her doctors out of town.

We gave a 4 year old with an Optic nerve glioma, which has caused him to be blind in one eye, a iPad computer.

We also were able to give a 2-year 3-month-old little boy, with a bilateral moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss, a personal FM system that will help give him more access to language in noisy environments.

Wilmington Central Rotary is holding their annual Miracles of Rotary to help raise $15,000 for four causes listed below.

Ada Sauer is 13 years old diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in April of 2019. Since being diagnosed, she has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Chapel Hill. In August 2019, Ada had surgery to remove the tumor and replace 6 inches of bone from her right thigh including three titanium plates and 20 screws to hold them in place. Following surgery, Ada has been undergoing postoperative chemo treatments and will continue until late March of 2020. Her hobbies are artwork and playing video games with her friends.
We plan to purchase Ada a gaming laptop.

Abe Faircloth was diagnosed with an Optic nerve glioma on November 30th, 2018 when he was 4 years old. This is a type of brain tumor that causes the loss of vision and grows rapidly. Abe began a chemotherapy regimen and was on many different types of chemo for 9 months before he heard from a neurosurgeon who was willing and able to operate and remove Abe’s tumor. He had brain surgery on July 25 and now goes back and forth to St. Jude Children’s Hospital for follow up MRI scans and to monitor the healing of Abe’s eye. He no longer has sight in his affected eye because the entire optic nerve was removed.
We plan to purchase a regular size iPad computer.

Nash LaBruno is a 2-year 3-month-old friendly and outgoing little boy. Nash has a bilateral moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss. He wears his hearing aids all waking hours. Nash’s hearing loss was identified at birth. Nash’s parents prioritize his Audiological and ENT appointments at UNC. Nash’s language is progressing well but has a slight delay at this time. Nash attends daycare full time. He is in a loud environment most of the day.
We plan to purchase personal FM system would help give him more access to language in noisy environments.