Thursday, February 27, 2003

Eads-Stumpf benefit raises over $12,500

By Anna Guido
Enquirer contributor

LIBERTY TWP. - The community has rallied around Kelly Eads-Stumpf in a big way. A Lakota school benefit for the 20-year-old generated more than $12,500.

Donations can be made to: The Kelly Eads-Stumpf Fund, U.S. Bank (account No. 239155864), 4221 Hamilton-Middletown Road, Hamilton, OH 45011, (513) 785-2200.
Eads-Stumpf was diagnosed in August 2001 with bronchiectasis and needs a double-lung transplant. Funds raised at the Cherokee Elementary fun night last Friday will help defray the costs associated with her health care now and after surgery.

"I still can't get over the sense of community," said Jeff Redwine, a Cherokee teacher who helped organize the event.

One school parent, Michael Jana, paid nearly $200 for an auctioned bracelet, then turned around and gave it to Eads-Stumpf's younger sister, Kristina Rotte, a sixth-grader at Cherokee.

Jeff Cornwell, a Cherokee parent and Skyline Chili franchise owner, said he served food to more than 500 people that evening. Those proceeds, like the rest, will benefit Eads-Stumpf.

Her wait for a transplant at the Cleveland Clinic could take up to two years.


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