Kimber Lee is the daughter of Kara and James Lee of Live Oak and has a long road ahead of her as she faces treatments for a cyst on her brain.
The Live Oak Lions Club and Recology are joining forces to plan an awesome fund raiser on Kimber's 18th birthday, January 19 at the Live Oak Community Center from 6 to 10 p.m. Recology is providing posters, advertising, the pasta and rented tables for the event.
"Pasta For A Purpose," will include a live auction for a one week African Safari for two and a raffle for firearms. Live Oak High Principal Tony Walton will serve as auctioneer for the African Safari so this will no doubt be a great time.
Sponsor tables of eight are currently available but going fast for $250. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m., with roast lamb hors d'oeuvres. There will be Live Music from The Matrix and dancing from 9 to 10 p.m.
Kimber was born with Klippel-Trenaunay Weber Syndrom which causes the skin to be more fragile than normal, opening and bleeding with just the slightest abrasion. KTS affects Kimber's left foot to her hip, as well as her vascular system, immune system, and intestinal tract. She had to wear special shoes in order to walk with her left leg longer than her right. She downgraded to a wheelchair when insurance stopped covering the special shoes.
Any type of surgery to help extend the leg farther that might enable her to walk again would most likely cause her to bleed to death.
At school, Kimber uses a motorized scooter and at home she uses crutches in an attempt to train her leg to move normally again.
When Kimber suffered a concussion after a fall from losing her balance on crutches, it was discovered with a CT in November that she had a 2x2 cm arachnoid cyst in her brain.
Treatment includes a shunt or drainage to compress the cyst, but this would be a temporary solution because cysts can refill over time.
There are treatment options as there is a reservoir of cerebral fluid acting as a reservoir
The Lee family will travel to San Diego this month to meet with neurologists at Rady's Children's Neurological Center for extensive diagnostics to determine the best course of treatment for this active 17-year-old.
The Lee family is hopeful to hear a good treatment course from Dr. Levy who performs all neurological treatment for the San Francisco 49ers and the University of Southern Cal Trojans.
Kimber currently suffers from headaches, nausea and dizziness.
A GoFundMe account has been established in Kimber's name along with a Living Trust to help with medical expenses, travel and lodging for the treatments. Online donations can be made at gofundme.com/life-trust-for-kimberlee
Donation checks made out to Live Oak Lions with a notation for Kimber in the memo line can be sent to sent to Live Oak Lions, PO Box 325, Live Oak, Ca 95953.
Sponsor's tables are going quickly at $250 each so be sure to call Mike Eastridge at 682-3233 or Jason Banks at 532-9922.