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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • Benefit Dinner February 23 at Moose Lodge

  • This is the town to hold a medical benefit dinner as shown at previous fundraisers.
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  •          This is the town to hold a medical benefit dinner as shown at previous fundraisers. This community keeps giving and people think nothing of attending and supporting a medical benefit dinner even when they don't know the recipient. People from out of the area are amazed at the amount of people and amount of money raised that has been seen time and time again.
             We need to do it again Saturday, February 23, to show support for Andrew Remund, the four-year-old son of Sarah (McCarthey) and Brian Remund who was recently diagnosed with Neuroblastoma Cancer Stage IV.
             Neuroblastoma Cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in the nerve tissues of the adrenal gland, neck, chest or spinal cord.
             Since September 2012, Andrew has undergone many blood transfusions as well as blood platelets. He has gone to the Bay Area to have his stem cells harvested to be used in his treatment later.
             Andrew recently underwent surgery to remove the shrunken tumor and when he heals from that will finish round six of chemotherapy. He will go to UC San Francisco for bone marrow transplant using his own stem cells.
             Andrew's mother was born and raised in the Biggs/Gridley area. She is the daughter of Frank and Patty McCarthey of Live Oak. Frank, better known as Mac's Repair Service spent his entire life repairing and maintaining many of the area farmers tractors and equipment. Andrew's paternal grandparents are David and Donann Remund of Yuba City.
             Andrew's parents take turns staying with him while he is  in the hospital. Andrew has an older brother Jared who is seven-years-old and a baby sister Megan who is ten-months-old.
             Andrew loves Jake & the Neverland Pirates as well as the super heroes like Batman and Superman. He also likes the Skylanders and Skylanders giants. He loves to play the Wii games also.
             His favorite food is waffles and he enjoys going to Ihop to eat them.
             A BloodSource Blood Drive was held in October last year in his honor.
             Andrew's father Brian works for Bi-County Ambulance. His mother Sarah was a nurse's aide before she quit to be with her children.
             Problems for the four-year-old began when he had tonsillitis and kept spiking a fever after having antibiotics. A bone marrow biopsy was performed and the tumor that was removed last week at Sutter Memorial Hospital was found by the biopsy.
    Page 2 of 2 -          The Knights of Columbus and Moose Lodge are sponsoring a Benefit Spaghetti Dinner Saturday, February 23 at 5 p.m., at the Moose Lodge. Tickets are just $10 each and $30 per family of four. To-go dinners will be available. Tickets are available at Studio J, The Wishing Corner, Ace Hardware, Children's Hope Foster Family Agency, Valley Truck and Tractor, Les Schwab Tire, Salon 7/The Makeup Room and Napa Auto Parts.
             A fund is established at US Bank and checks should be made out to the "Fund for Andrew Remund." Call his Uncle Jim McCarthey at 624-3007 to donate items for the raffle.
             Please do your part to help this family and show support for this little boy.

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