LIMA — Westgate Entertainment Center will host a benefit today for a young woman facing a long medical battle.
“This is for Aaliyah Reser, an 8-year-old little girl from Elida who has osteogenesis imperfecta, an incurable brittle bone disease,” event organizer Gina Fox said. “She’s got to have injections that will help strengthen her bones, but it won’t cure the disease. So that’s where we come in, trying to help with medical costs and traveling expenses, since she has to travel to Columbus. Those injections aren’t cheap.”
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and organizers have worked to ensure that there are a lot of other reasons for the public to attend besides helping Reser.
“We are doing bowling, an outside vendor market, a 50/50 drawing, and we’re raffling off an AR-15, which is a high-powered rifle, a whole hog and a Pandora bracelet,” Fox said. “We also have 300 door prizes we’ll be giving away.”
There is no cost to attend the event. All the funds raised will come from bowling fees and raffle tickets. Fox has been amazed at how well the Lima community has rallied around this cause.
“The community has been wonderful in donating to this cause and helping out,” she said.
Participants will be able to meet Reser, although she will not be able to participate in all of the events. Brittle bone disease has varying levels of severity, and Reser must be careful about her activity levels.
“Aaliyah will be there, but she won’t be able to bowl because she broke her ankle,” Fox said. “Also, her doctors don’t think it would be good for her wrist to bowl. But she’ll be there to meet everybody.”