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Richmond School Hosts Fundraiser to Help David Scarbrough

Monday, April 15th, 2013

A SusanvilleStuff Feature
Melissa Blosser, Assistant Editor

The Richmond School Leadership team is organizing a fundraiser for David Scarbrough, a Susanville boy who was born with Cerebral Palsy and has to have a series of surgeries to put hamstring extensions in his legs.

The leadership team will hold a yard sale/flea market from 8:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. Saturday, April 20th at Richmond School.

The group will be selling 15 by 15 foot areas, tables available per request, for $20 and you can pay for the space but keep the profits from your sales.

“When Scarbrough turned 11 he started going into growth spurts and he now has so much pain he needs the ham string extentions,” said Julie Mallery, organizer of the event.

Every year the leadership group does something to help the community. Mallery said this year they wanted to help this family as the mother has been raising money through canning, selling baby blankets and various other fundraisers.   All the funds raised will be used for travel expenses and surgeries.

“Helping the community and  organizing  the event teaches responsibility to the kids,” said Mallery.

According to the CDC Cerebral Palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by injury or abnormal development in the immature brain, most often before birth.

Signs and symptoms appear during infancy or preschool years. In general, cerebral palsy causes impaired movement associated with exaggerated reflexes or rigidity of the limbs and trunk, abnormal posture, involuntary movements, unsteadiness of walking, or some combination of these. The effect of cerebral palsy on functional abilities varies greatly.

People with cerebral palsy often have other conditions related to developmental brain abnormalities, such as intellectual disabilities, vision and hearing problems, or seizures. A broad spectrum of treatments may help minimize the effect of cerebral palsy and improve a person’s functional abilities.

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