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Community to help families pay medical bills

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The Crawfish Boil Fundraiser is back in northern Nevada, and this year the money will benefit not one family, but two.

Nancy Lopez's son Jonathan is one of the kids being honored at this year's event. She says, "when you hear that your son is not going to survive you feel like your world just ended."

At two months old Jonathan Lopez suffered a brain injury, leaving the now 10 year old unable to walk or talk. But his mother Nancy says even at a young age she knew her son was a fighter.

"We knew he was going to pull through and he did. now he's thriving, he's happy, he's the happiest boy I know," says Lopez. "And now my goal is to give him the best quality of life."

8 year old Scarlett Bertolino, who suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, is also being honored at the event.

This is the first time two families are able to receive donations from the Crawfish Boil Fundraiser.

"There are a lot of kids out there who need our help and insurance does not cover everything that they need," says Anne Niemeyer, co-founder of the event. "So we feel that it's very important and we need to help them out."

It's that help that's changing lives in northern Nevada.

Lopez says, "sometimes you feel alone, you feel you're invisible because you have a son with special needs things get really hard. And to have somebody like Anne and her family and her friends to help us out it just means the world to us."

The event is at Knucklehead's Bar & Grill on June 3, 2017. In the meantime, event organizers are looking for raffle items and silent auction item donation.

To learn how you can help call Anne at 775-223-5222 or email crawfishfundraiser@yahoo.com.

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