Northwest NEWS

May 10, 1999

Valley Special

Spaghetti feed and silent auction to benefit local student

   Eighth grade language arts teacher Ellen James will host a spaghetti feed and silent auction on Wednesday, May 26, in the Tolt Middle School multi-purpose room from 6-8:30 p.m. to benefit a Tolt student who has a chronic, incurable illness called Crohn's disease, which affects the digestive process and the ability to absorb nutrients.

   Dinner will be served the entire time, but the bidding will close at 8 p.m.

   The student, Melissa Jarving, is in a great deal of pain on a daily basis. At this point, she has been classified in the "failure to thrive" category, and has been in and out of the hospital for the last several months, missing school often.

   While her family has decent insurance, it does not cover all costs. She has several hospital stars and co-payments that add up when one has to go to the doctor or hospital as often as she.

   The insurance company does not cover dietary supplements or experimental drugs that are available to treat this disease. As of yet, her family has not even attempted experimental drugs, as they are costly and she is taking enough drugs as it is.

   The goal is to raise $5,000 to help cover costs that her insurance company doesn't pay. Please help by donating an item, service, or funds to the benefit auction, or attend the spaghetti feed. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children six to twelve, and children five and under are free.

   If interested in donating, please contact Ellen James at 425-333-4191. Also, donations may be made at Seafirst Bank to the Melissa Jarving Benefit Fund or at a coin jar in one of several Duvall-Carnation businesses.