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Helping Julia: local business holds fundraiser for 7-year-old
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Posted: 2013 Apr 19 - 06:53

By Dawn Krebs


VERO BEACH -- Cancer can affect people of all ages, as the family of Julia Warren can attest.

The 7-year-old first grader was recently diagnosed with a sarcoma tumor in the tissue of her left arm.

The type of cancer she has is a very rare and aggressive form, and is known to spread rapidly, attacking other tissues and organs.

At the moment, Julia's primary caregiver is her grandmother Leigh Ann Eddy, who has stopped working to take care of Julia full-time.

"Julia complained about a bump on her arm in September, and the doctor thought it was possibly a swollen gland," said Deborah Clemenzi, Leigh Ann's mother. "They watched it for a few weeks and it got bigger. During a scheduled surgery to remove it in January, they saw it was cancer."

Now, Julia is at John Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore being treated aggressively with chemotherapy.

"Right now, it's a waiting game," Ms. Clemenzi said.

It was one of her co-workers that wanted to help the family, and she knew how she could do it.

"I work with Debbie, so when I found out about Julia, I asked Dom if we could do a benefit for her," said Dominique Scott, sister of Uncle Dom's owner Dominick. "He said, 'Absolutely.' He didn't even hesitate."

To help relieve some of the financial burden for the family, Uncle Dom's Bar is holding a fundraiser for Julia.

The fundraiser will take place starting at 2 p.m. on April 21 at Uncle Dom's, located at 122 S. U.S. 1 in Vero Beach.

"Children and families are welcome," Ms. Scott said.

There will be barbecue, live music, raffles, T-shirts, games and lots of fun.

"I have been overwhelmed with generosity of the community," said Ms. Clemenzi. "You can really see the hand of God in this."

For those who can't make the fundraiser but still want to help, checks cam be made to the Sunshine Club. For more information, call Dominique Scott at (772) 633-1999.

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