Columbus, OH, April 26, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Benefit dinner for Chaia at Christ United Methodist on May 16.
Chaia Joy Thompson is the granddaughter of Pastor Jerry and Cindy Penrod of Christ United Methodist in Galion, Ohio. She is the 21-month-old daughter of Pastor Ben and Shaina Thompson of Columbus, Ohio.
Chaia has a rare genetic disease called “Generalized Arterial Calcification in Infants’, or GACI for short. The disease causes calcifications in the arteries of the body, thereby turning the arteries to ‘stone.’ There have only been 180 cases of GACI in the entire world, in all of history.
Chaia had a major heart attack at 2 months of age, which was the first manifestation of this disease. The doctors are amazed that she is alive. Most babies with this disease die in the womb, and if they survive birth, pass away by six months of age. Doctors around the world are working together to save the life of this little sweetheart. She is God’s Child ... and her name “Chaia” means Life!
A beef and noodle dinner benefit will be held at Christ United Methodist Church, 130 East Walnut St., Galion on May 16 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Proceeds from the dinner will go far to encourage the heart of this family and help defray her medical expenses.
Donations may be written and sent to “The Chaia Thompson Benefit Fund” in care of First Federal Bank of Ohio, 140 North Columbus St., Galion, OH 44833 or accepted at any First Federal Bank of Ohio branch in Galion, Shelby, Mt. Gilead, Cardington, Mansfield, Sandusky and Tiffin.