JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The 100-plus degree heat did not stop the Wellington subdivision from holding a carnival to assist a sick child and her family.
Pat Mobley, one of the carnival’s five organizers, explained that Priscilla Chan, 10, was diagnosed in January with diffuse pontine glioma. According to the website of the Boston Children’s Hospital, this is an aggressive cancer of the brain stem, typically diagnosed in children between ages 5 and 9. Mobley said Chan is undergoing experimental treatment at Pittsburgh Childrens’ Hospital, where she must travel every three weeks.
“We watched Priscilla — we call her CiCi — growing up,” Mobley said. “This has hit our neighborhood pretty hard.”
Although the family has insurance, that does not cover travel and lodging costs. Furthermore, Chan’s mother Nelly has had to take a leave of absence from work to care for her daughter.
“It’s just all-consuming when something like this occurs,” she said.
The Chans’ neighbors banded together to raise money to help. The June 30 carnival featured chicken, burgers, hot dogs, sides and desserts as well as blow-up slides and bouncing houses. Everything had a cost, but the food and equipment were donated, so all the money raised will go to help the Chan family. Fourteen local teenagers have volunteered to help.
In addition to the carnival, the Mobleys have a drop-box installed at their house for people to drop off money. Mobley said not a day goes by where someone doesn’t donate.