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Benefit to aid local 11-year-old

January 19, 2013
By MIKE MUKLEWICZ - Staff Writer ( , Times Leader

MARTINS FERRY - Residents from around the area are invited to attend a benefit for one local little lady, Kelsi Weaver of Martins Ferry, on Sunday, Jan. 27 beginning at noon.

Kelsi Weaver courageously battles through her normal daily tasks with cerebral palsy - tasks that many of us take for granted. The condition, which is generalized by a partial lack of bodily movement, can develop in children from birth to the age of three. The altered development of motor control many times prevents children such as Kelsi from having full control of her movements and making simple tasks not so easy.

Despite this fact, speaking to her leaves no question of how much of a bright and good person that this little girl is, as she flashes her big smile during conversations with those around her.

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Kelsi Weaver, 11, of Martins Ferry, is being honored with a fund-raising benefit on Jan. 27 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bridgeport. The event was organized by her friends and family to help offset the cost of installing a wheelchair ramp in the family van.

Recently, Kelsi was able to acquire a new mobile wheelchair to help ease her day-to-day activities. Due to the dimensions of this unit, Kelsi's family members were forced to purchase a new van to accommodate the size of the chair. Unfortunately, this also required modifying and installing a customized lift to transport the chair when traveling in a vehicle - an expense that will cost upwards of $25,000.

To help fund this hefty upgrade, friends and family of Kelsi have set up a soup and sandwich fund-raiser benefit on Jan. 27 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bridgeport from noon to 6 p.m. There will be food including soups, sandwiches, baked goods, desserts and many other scrumptious tasty treats for the event. There will also be lots of fun and games including a Chinese auction, 50/50, lottery tree, and other little chances to win in the name of a good cause. All proceeds will go towards the equipment purchase and modification.

While Kelsi does battle cerebral palsy, she is just like any other girl. She attends Martins Ferry Middle School, where she takes a liking to things the same things as any young lady her age including - yes, Justin Beiber.

Kelsi is also an avid fan of pizza and dancing. She is a cheerleader for Upward, a local church foundation aimed towards athletics. Some of her other activities include American Heritage Girls, Miracle League, and she is also a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church.

For those who are unable to attend the fund-raiser but would like to help, monetary donations can be made to Mobility Works, Attn: Cathie Benko for Kelci Weaver, 810 Moe Drive, Akron, Ohio, 44310.



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