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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 24, 2012 at 12:19 PM
As a person that usually does not drink beer or eat dynamite..is there an address that you can share (at a bank) so donations can be mailed?
Truthout July 24, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Since all things are connected,i wonder how much lower the donations will be because of taxed to death Woonsocket residents?
Lori July 24, 2012 at 01:10 PM
is there somewhere you can drop off donations???
Doctor July 24, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Best thing to do if you don't like beer and dynamites is just purchase the ticket and do not attend the actual event, at least you made the donation.
Rob Borkowski (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Hi, English - 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.
Rob Borkowski (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Hi, Lori - 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.
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English first July 24, 2012 at 04:50 PM
What a negative thought.
Judith Trudeau July 24, 2012 at 05:09 PM
A special and heartfelt thanks to all who have purchased a ticket or donated to the fundraiser for this sweet, precious little girl. We pray every day that Autumn has a chance for a happy, healthy life. WE LOVE YOU AUTUMN!!! Your Memere and Pepere!!
Truthout July 24, 2012 at 08:30 PM
What's negative? I'd rather give money to that poor kid than the City of Woonsocket.
Yvette M Ayotte July 25, 2012 at 02:15 PM
This is a, NO BRAINER!! This little girl needs our help. She deserves to be a healthy little girl doing what all little girls can do. Come on folks, let's all help her out, be there!!
Josephine July 26, 2012 at 05:14 AM
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Josephine July 26, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Hi I would like to send a donation but dont quite understand this address? 363 Park Ave, WNRI, or Debbie's Breakfast place on Park Ave. What state what zip code? Do we address it just to Autumn?
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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