Fundraisers will aid in woman’s fight with disease |

Fundraisers will aid in woman’s fight with disease

Two fundraisers are planned for Stacey Ballard, a nine-year resident of South Lake Tahoe, who needs help. As an employee of Grass Roots Health Food Store, she has been helping people with their health issues, all the while fighting a deadly illness.

Ballard was diagnosed 15 years ago with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a rare liver disease. Five years ago she developed Crohn’s, a painful and debilitating disease. She has had 10 surgeries and has been in and out of the hospital many times. A few months ago her liver started to shut down and her only hope is a transplant.

She can no longer work and her illness has been costly. She needs to move to Florida for the transplant for a minimum of six month and her husband, Gary, will stay behind to work. This separation will be a huge hardship as Gary has been her physical and emotional rock. The fundraisers are planned to raise money to help them with travel expenses, doctor bills and help off-set the double living expenses.

The first fundraiser is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Paradise Park in Meyers. The event will include food, music, raffles, a silent auction and gift certificates for Sealed with a Kiss, the Woodwind, dinners, Lakefront Wedding Chapel, hotel suites, massages, hair salons and artwork. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Grass Roots and will be available at the event.

The second fundraiser is planned during the Labor Day sidewalk sale, Sept. 3, 4 and 5, at Sealed With a Kiss in Heavenly Village. Just by mentioning Stacey Ballard’s name, 100 percent of the proceeds of purchases at the sidewalk sale and 50 percent of purchases made in the store will go to Stacey

In addition, an account, the Stacey Ballard Liver Transplant Fund, has been established at El Dorado Bank at the “Y” for donations.

For more information about the fundraisers are to make a donation, call Teresa at (530) 694-2486 or (530) 318-0569.

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