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MARTIN COUNTY -Harry and the Natives restaurant, in conjunction with Nightingale Private Care are coordinating a fundraiser for Anthony Cosentino, owner of Anthony's Barber Shop.
Mr. Cosentino is suffering from a very rare, debilitating disease called MELAS, which stands for mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes.
He needs help managing his activities of daily living and cannot be left alone. His parents care for him during the day, while his wife manages and works at the barber shop. His wife of 18 years, Diane, and their two teenage children, manage his care during the evenings.
Mr. and Mrs. Cosentino have been married for 18 years. Their two children attend local schools.
Anthony's Barber Shop has been established in Hobe Sound for many years. The shop has always been a place where patrons have enjoyed jovial conversation, a good laugh and a great haircut.
Seven years ago, Mr. Cosentino was diagnosed with this rare, neuro-degenerative disease that has caused him to need total assistance with all the activities of daily living taken for granted. This 24 hour care has placed enormous pressure on his wife, children and his parents. Treasure Coast Hospice has been providing some support, as well.
The event is to help raise funds so they can receive additional support and care giving services to help Mr. Cosentino as his disease progresses.
Harry and the Natives restaurant is located on the corner of Bridge Road and Federal Highway. The event will be from 6-9 p.m. on April 28. Private donations can be made by calling (772) 245-8390.