Friends of Ciara to host fundraiser

Dear fellow Hanoverians:



FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009 7 pm

Harmon Golf and Fitness Club, 168 Concord St, Rockland


Friends are hosting the Second Annual Benefit for almost
three-year-old Ciara Leonard, who was diagnosed with brain cancer when she was
16 months old.   Ciara is the daughter of Joe and Nancy Leonard,
owners of Hanover Country Florist in Hanover.


The event will feature music with DJ Liz Craven, raffles,
live and silent auctions. Suggested donation is $15 per person or $25 for a
couple.  Among the items for bid will be Red Sox tickets, tables at the
Boston Pops, American Repertory Theatre subscription, tickets to Boston
Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty, vacations and more.


Since her diagnosis of Medulloblastoma, a very aggressive
form of cancer in 2007, Ciara has undergone many months of surgeries, rounds of
chemotherapy, and a stem cell transplant.  Just past the first year
anniversary of the transplant, Ciara’s latest MRIs show no evidence of
cancer.  Although this is great news, Ciara will continue to need medical
care with specialists, follow up diagnostic tests, physical and occupational
therapy and medications. 


Advocating and caring for Ciara has become a full time job
for her mother, Nancy.  The loss of Nancy’s income, and the costs
associated with continuing care (even with an excellent medical plan), has
placed a significant financial burden on this young family. The goal of this
fundraiser is to help relieve the parents of some of the constant money


Today, Ciara is beginning to enjoy life again.  Mixed
with doctor visits and tests, Ciara can be found at the flower shop, giggling
and talking, and walking with assistance from Mom and Dad.   She and
her family have just returned from a trip sponsored by the Make a Wish
Foundation to Disney World in Florida, home to Ciara’s favorite
character, Tigger.


Donations to help Ciara may be made out to the CIARA LEONARD
BENEFIT ACCOUNT and deposited at Rockland Trust in Hanover, left at the flower
shop, or mailed to Barbara Stone, 249 Ponderosa Drive, Hanover, MA 02339. 
For more information, please contact Barbara Stone at .


Event tickets are available at the flower shop (803
Washington Street) or by contacting Barbara Stone at or 781 534-8199, Annie
Purcell at 617 291-0604, or Joan Norris at 781 826-5610, or at the door the night
of the fundraiser.


For "Around Town on the Web",

Cathy H-B


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