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Fundraiser For Woonsocket Girl Fighting Kidney Disease July 29

Five-year-old's family organizing event to help pay medical bills.

There's a fundraiser coming up July 29, 1 p.m., at the on Social Street for Autumn Trudeau, 5, who's waiting for a kidney transplant — and her family would love for you to swing by.

Tickets are $20 and will get you a DJ, dancing, raffles, beer and dynamites. You'll also be helping a little girl and her family weather a life-threatening medical challenge.

Autumn has Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a rare disease that attacks the kidney’s filtering system, causing scarring and kidney failure, said Dr. Michael Somers, a pediatric nephrologist with Boston Children's Hospital.

Everybody's kidneys have about a million filtering units each, Somers said. For people with FSGS, for reasons that aren't clear, the filtering units become scarred and stop working. When a person's kidneys only have 10 to 15 percent of their filtering units left, Somers said, it's not enough for them to operate.

Treatment comes in two forms: dialysis, or a kidney transplant. A transplant requires a donor who's a close match for the patient, said Somers.

Fortunately, said Beth Boucher, Autumn's mom, "We have a match," Autumn's aunt, Beth's sister.

For the time being, though, at least another six months, Autumn has to rely on peritoneal dialysis, which, according to the Mayo clinic website, uses your abdominal lining to fill in for your kidneys. A tube implanted in Autumn's abdomen has to be hooked up to a  dialysis machine 12 hours a day, Boucher said.

"We try to do it at night," said Boucher, but it's tough to keep Autumn comfortable throughout the night that way. 

The transplant and the dialysis can run up to about $12,000 per month, and aren't covered all the way by their health insurance, Boucher said. "We try to keep up with most of this," she said. Even so, the family has accumulated about $15,000 in debt.

Boucher's hoping to raise enough money to cover renting the Elks hall, and put a dent in their bills.

"Her family has done quite a good job with her and supporting her every step of the way," said Somers. The latest step in that support comes Sunday, with a little help.

Anyone interested in making a donations for the family can send them to 363 Park Ave, WNRI, or Debbie's Breakfast place on Park Ave.

English first July 26, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Buying the ticket implies you are attending so food will be planned for you .... and wasted. Donations can be made in any amount. Autumn looks gorgeous in her green costume.
Yvette M Ayotte July 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Hi Josephine, WNRI is a local AM radio station here in Woonsocket. This is the address: WNRI, 786 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI 02895. I hope that helps.
GAIL BOUCHER July 26, 2012 at 10:50 PM
thank you all for everything everyone is doing by word or deed to help my granddaughter. She is a very special little girl and deserves the world. You will never know how much this means to me. This is for you Autumn, I love you to the moon and stars, Bamma
Phil Trudeau July 30, 2012 at 01:54 AM
We would like to thank you for your donation from the bottom of our hearts. It was greatly appreciated.
Phil Trudeau July 30, 2012 at 02:04 AM
We would like to thank all of the people that showed up and made Autumns benefit a success. We would also like to thank all who could not attend but still donated. It was greatly appreciated and will go towards autumns upcoming kidney transplant and all of the bills that we will accrue after the transplant.

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