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  • Family of sick child needs helping hand

  • Money for medical expenses, a place to call home and gifts from Santa would brighten the holidays for a family with a critically ill child.
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  • Money for medical expenses, a place to call home and gifts from Santa would brighten the holidays for a family with a critically ill child.
    Jimmy is a happy, active 4-year-old battling chronic kidney disease. He loves to go to Head Start and comes to school every day he can.
    But at this stage of his disease, his kidneys have lost nearly all function.
    Jimmy needs dialysis and a kidney transplant, and he frequently has to go to Portland to Doernbecher Children's Hospital for treatment, say his Head Start sponsors.
    Jimmy lives in Medford with his parents and his older sisters, Joanie, 14, Rosie, 9, and Nancy, 7. And they are all living with his grandparents and 5-year-old cousin, John.
    Family members do all they can for all the kids. Mom is getting trained to do Jimmy's dialysis at home. But Jimmy and his family need money to help defray the expenses of going to and from Portland. And they would also like to be in a home of their own.
    Young Joanie has been taking on much of the family responsibilities at home. She wears size 8 pants, extra-large shirts and size 9 in women's shoes. Joanie likes to read and do arts and crafts.
    Rosie wears a size 7-8 girls pants, medium shirts and size 1 shoes. She likes dolls (Bratzs). She also likes arts and crafts and is extremely fond of "Hello Kitty" things and Justin Bieber.
    Nancy is size 7 girls, shirt 7-8, shoes size 121/2;. She, too, is in love with "Hello Kitty" and also likes Barbies.
    Jimmy is a size 3T and his shoes are size 51/2; boys. He likes Spider-Man, Power Rangers and cars/trucks.
    Cousin John is a size 6 and wears 111/2; shoes. He likes learning toys and games.
    Any and all help for Christmas, or help managing the family's daily needs, would be greatly appreciated, staffers say.
    If you would like to help this family, please contact Patty at Merriman Head Start at 541-772-7707, ext. 2004.
    To see more stories from the Light One Candle series and other opportunities to help during the holiday season, visit www.mailtribune.com/holidayneed.
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