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Benefit for Avery Morris slated on Nov. 17

Friday, November 9, 2012

By Ralph Pokorny

Nevada Daily Mail

Nevada second grader Avery Morris is currently being treated weekly at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for leukemia, and on Nov. 17 a fundraising event will be held at the Osage Prairie YMCA, 500 W. Highland, Nevada, to help with the expenses incurred from her treatment.

Lindsay Jackson, who is helping to coordinate the event said Avery's parents are Erin and Dusty Morris, both of whom lifelong Nevada residents. Erin teaches fifth grade at the Nevada Middle School and Dusty works for American Standard.

Her maternal grandparents are Doug and Judy Campbell and her paternal grandfather is John Morris.

"Her prognosis is good. If you have to have leukemia this is the type to have," Jackson said.

"Everything is going good now," Jackson said of Avery's treatment.

The Nevada Neptunes, which Avery swims for, will be sponsoring a meal from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with adult and children's meals available. Adult tickets are $7, for a bowl of chili or a chili dog, dessert and a drink.

Tickets for the children's meal are $4, for a hot dog, chips, dessert and a drink.

Beginning at 6:30, the YMCA will be sponsoring bingo games for $1 per card with prizes for the winners.

The big prizes of the night are Royals tickets and tickets to the Kansas State-Oklahoma University home basketball game on Jan. 19, which will be sold during a silent auction.

Jackson said they will also be selling bracelets and T-shirts in orange and gold, which are the colors for childhood leukemia, as well as selling chances of prize baskets.

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