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February 21, 2013

Garage sale to serve as fundraiser for sick boy

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater residents are invited to attend or donate to a garage sale that will benefit a local boy with a rare disease.

An indoor garage sale will be held inside Skyline Elementary’s cafeteria Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. for Gabe Waters, a student at the school. Waters was diagnosed with metachromatic leukodystrophy.

Family relation Amanda Moody said the signs that something was wrong started this summer.

“This summer, he started walking to where he would stumble and fall and his legs started turning in,” Moody said.

Gabe’s mother, Amy, took him to a local doctor and nothing was discovered at first. After an MRI, it was found that Waters had the disease.

“That affects your brain matter and muscle use,” Moody said. “He went to (the Children’s Hospital of) Pittsburgh in November and went through two weeks of chemo and then received a stem cell transplant. He is doing better. The transplant has finally started growing the enzyme that he’s missing.”

Waters and his mother are still in Pittsburgh while the rest of the family is back home in Oklahoma. Moody said the family’s insurance doesn’t cover everything associated with Water’s treatment.

Therefore, the garage sale is being held to assist the family. Coordinators are still looking for items to include in the sale. If able to donate, items will be accepted from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Skyline Elementary. Donors are asked to decide the dollar amount associated with the items before dropping them off at the school. The sale will work under a zone pricing system, with six zones including $1, $2, $5, $10, $20 and $25 or higher. If you have a large item and need assistance, call 533-6390.

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