There are a number of events locally to benefit Avah Mills who was born Oct. 18 to Audrey and Davin Mills. Avah was delivered prematurely at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita because of health issues spotted prenatally.
There is a fund established at Credit Union of America in Great Bend which can accept donations to Avah Mills Expense Fund. In addition, from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Friday Grace Community Church, there will be a benefit is a spaghetti dinner. A free will donation will be taken at the door and all proceeds go to the family.
There will also be a silent auction. For more information, contact Teresa Cass at 620-639-4037 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will also be a 5k run/walk at Veterans Memorial Park at 9 a.m. Dec. 7. Organizers are ordering shirts so those wishing to enter need to do so quickly.
The entry is $20. For information, contact is Sandy McMullen at 620-793-9078 or email@example.com. Checks should be payable to Avah Mills Expense Fund. McMullen is also participating in a marathon and one can donate to that to sponsor her run.
When Avah was born, her tummy was very swollen and tests showed she had cysts on her intestines. She underwent a six-hour surgery and had 80 percent of her small intestines removed.
They removed a cysts that was over nine centimeters. In doing so, they had to put her on a colostomy bag and it will remain for at least two to three months.
She has to remain in Wesley Hospital until this is resolved, and is looking at one or two more surgeries. Audrey stays at Ronald McDonald House, and Davin works still in Great Bend Monday through Thursday then takes three-day weekends to be with Avah.
Audrey and Davin and their family are from Great Bend.