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Walking with your children, watching them chase a butterfly in flight, can be a special moment for any parent. Memories of such happy times are especially precious for Denise Montgomery.
Denise and her daughters, Alexis, 12, and Josey, 9, all have muscular dystrophy. Walking is difficult for Denise and Alexis. It's getting closer to impossible for Josey.
The East Side Elementary 3rd grader has extreme weakness in her legs and hips. She experiences exhaustion after minimal exertion. Sometimes at home, when ambulating between rooms, the little blue eyed girl just gets on the floor and crawls. Josey needs a motorized wheelchair to get around at school, to go out shopping with her family and to conserve energy. The wheelchair will be of little help, however, if Denise doesn't have a handicapped accessible van in which to transport Josey and the chair.
Living on Medicare disability, the frugal, positive minded mother can maintain her home and automobile, but she does not have money to buy the needed van.
Friends and classmates of the Montgomery family want to help and they're enlisting support from the community. North Clay Middle School, with help from East Side Elementary, is hosting a fundraising Carnival from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 5, in the common area at North Clay.
The evening will provide entertainment for the entire family including food, games and prizes. All proceeds will go to the Denise Montgomery family for the purchase of the van. Organizers hope to raise $10.000.
Tickets are available pre-sale at all Clay County schools at five for $1 or they can be bought at the Carnival, four for $1.
Anyone can contribute to the cause. A trust fund has been established and donations can be made to: Montgomery Family Fund, First National Bank & Trust, 103 W. National Ave., Brazil, IN, 47834.