Silveira fundraiser is rescheduled |

Silveira fundraiser is rescheduled

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A fundraising spaghetti dinner to benefit 14-year-old Faith “Nikki” Silveira, daughter of Matt and Tracy Silveira of South Lake Tahoe, has been rescheduled for Saturday at the South Lake Tahoe Elks Lodge, 1635 Elks Club Drive in Meyers. The fundraiser was originally planned for Jan. 7, but was postponed due to weather-related problems.

A no-host bar will open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person and tickets will be available at the door. Live music will be provided by the band BJ and Co.

Nikki suffered seizures in July and was diagnosed with fluid on the brain at Barton Hospital. She was flown to Washoe Medical Center where she underwent several brain surgeries to try to control the fluid and pressure buildup. She was finally diagnosed with meningitis caused by a fungus commonly referred to as Valley Fever and transported to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif., for rehabilitation. Following a relapse, she was placed in the intensive care unit, where she has remained since.

Nikki has endured more than 20 brain surgeries and a staph infection, has a blockage at her brain stem and swelling in her spinal cord. She can no longer speak or move and has to be fed by machine. Her doctors are preparing for her to come home, but she will require round-the-clock care and medical assistance.

Her mother, along with her 10-year-old brother, Christian, have been staying with family in Tracy, Calif., and commuting to San Jose daily. Her father stays at home in Tahoe to work and maintain the household with her older sister, Jennifer.

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