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Benefit planned for girl fighting brain cancer

Two live bands scheduled to play

Published: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 12:57 p.m. CDT
(Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukvalley.com)
Maya Wood, 9, snuggles with her mother, Lisa, as she starts to get tired in the afternoon at their Dixon home. This photo was taken for a Sept. 7 story that was published in Sauk Valley Weekend.

STERLING – A benefit to help raise funds for a Dixon girl combating cancer will begin at 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Latin American Social Club, 2708 W. Lincolnway.

Maya Wood, 9, was diagnosed in 2009 with stage 4 brain cancer. She has undergone radiation and chemotherapy, and faces ongoing medical conditions related to her illness. Maya’s mother, Lisa Mena, is unable to work because of the amount of care Maya requires. Maya also has an older brother, Alex. The family needs a van accessible to wheelchairs.

The cost to attend the benefit will be $10 a person. Pins will be sold for $2 each. A 50/50 drawing will take place, with tickets for $1 each or $5 for six. Raffle winners will be drawn, with tickets available for $1 each. A pińata will be provided for children. Face-painting will take place. Two live bands will perform. A live auction will be held, with quilts, candles, and a basket from Prim Pickins country store among the items.

A bank fund has been set up at all Midland States Bank locations. Donors can ask for the Maya E. Wood Fund or Making Memories with Maya.

Call Kathleen Bonnell at 815-857-2217 for more information.

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