Breathe On Andi Benefit
Event Dates and Times
Cash Savers Parking Lot
Andi Swenson is the 22 year old daughter of Eric and Lea Swenson, of Harvard IL, who was diagnosed as an infant with Cystic Fibrosis ( CF), which is an inherited, chronic and progressive disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the Unites States. CF originates from a defective gene that causes the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the organs, especially the lungs. This leads to life threatening infections. With the disease also come complications that continue to threaten Andi’s health and ability to breathe. Over the past 8 years Andi has been hospitalized more than 30 times for lung infections that drastically compromise her lung capacity. Her lungs now function at 20 percent. Although there is no cure for CF, there is hope with a double lung and liver transplant. With a transplant Andi will no longer endure her daily struggle with breathing, as the CF gene will no longer be present in her transplanted organs. Andi and her family need help covering the numerous out of pocket expenses that will accompany the transplant.
The community of Harvard has gathered together and will be doing a benefit for Andi and the COTA Organization . (Children’s Organ Transplant Association), on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Cash Savers Parking Lot in Harvard. The benefit will be a fun filled day with many activities planned. The days event will begin with a timed race / walk at 0800 a.m. T shirts and awards will be provided for the various age groups. You may sign up for the race at the Cash Savers or online at runningintheusa.com. At 10:00 there will be a free kids fun run (thru age 8), followed by kids carnival games, hay rides, food vendors, bingo tent and pull tabs, 50/50 raffle, bake sale, and cake walks ( top of every hour). There will also be up to a 32 team bean bag tournament which 50% of the proceeds will go to the benefit. You may sign up for the bags tournament at the Cash Savers store in advance or the day of the event. Open to the public is an auto show with a People’s Choice Award and Prizes. Throughout the day there will be a Dunk tank with many local Celebrities. Music will be provided from 11:00 to Noon by Harvard High School Band. DJ Services though out the day by Mark Lancaster. There will be a silent auction with many great items such as: One Week at a local time share, (2) foursome golf at Plum Tree Golf, Rockford Ice Hog tickets, Beloit Snapper Tickets and many more. Bring your lawn chairs and join the fun supporting a worthy cause.