ESCANABA - At just 9-months-old, Allie Grenier of Escanaba was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histocytosis, or LHC, a rare non-hereditary disease that affects 1 in 200,000 children.
The now 10-months-old daughter of Shelly and JP Grenier, is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. Due to low hemoglobin levels, Allie also receives bi-weekly blood transfusions.
In order to offset medical and travel expenses, family members and friends of the Grenier family are holding a spaghetti dinner benefit at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, the Gladstone Armory, located at 604 S. 18th St. in Gladstone.
In addition to dinner, the event will feature live music by local bands Sore on Sunday and Tripod as well as a bake sale, raffle drawing and a live auction. The live auction will begin at 7 and will feature items including an autographed Green Bay Packers James Lofton jersey, and hockey pucks signed by Red Wings players Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Jimmy Howard.
"We are hoping to make this benefit an amazing event filled with love and hope for the Grenier family," said Amy Lawrence, Rally for Allie Benefit co-chair and a friend and co-worker of Shelly Grenier. "Little Allie has been battling issues for the last six months and has finally been given a diagnosis. The good news is that LCH is treatable and the damage to Allie's organs has been minimal. We are so thankful that we are able to help this beautiful young family."
An account in Allie's name has been set up at Baybank of Gladstone, Escanaba and Rapid River for monetary donations to benefit the Grenier family. Donations can also be made online via credit card by visiting www.giveforward.
com/rallyforallie. Donations for the March 23 benefit are also being sought.
Contact benefit co-chairs Marcey Skwor, Julie Sacheck or Amy Lawrence at 428-4040 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. To arrange for pick up of any donations, call the number listed above or drop off any items by Wednesday, March 13, to any Baybank location.
To purchase a pink "Rally for Allie" bracelet for $3, contact Amy at the number listed above or stop into one of the Baybank locations. All proceeds will benefit the Grenier family.