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Fund raiser to aid local child

Rick Stillion / The New Concord Leader Published: February 6, 2011 5:04 AM


AVONDALE — A concert to benefit a 2-year-old Avondale girl with ties to Guernsey County who was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth, is slated to take place next month at a Maysville Pike church.

The River of Life Night of Hope concert fund-raiser to benefit Ava Grace McCulloch is scheduled for Feb. 19 at the River of Life Community Church.

A luncheon at 3 p.m. will open the festivities, followed by music beginning at 5 p.m.

Since birth, McCulloch has battled spina bifida as well as the complications  associated with and resulting from the birth defect resulting from the embryonic neural tube failing to completely close.

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The family is trying to raise $30,000 in order for Ava’s family to travel to the X-Cell Center in Dusseldorf, Germany.

“We are trying to get her to Germany for stem cell treatment because the long we wait, the more surgeries she faces to correct her hip,” said Ava’s father, Travis McCulloch.

“We seen positive results (from stem cell treatment). There is a solution for things, but it’s not always announced in the United States because it is in another country.

“In this case, the U.S. is not the most medically advanced.”

A fund has been established in Ava’s name at Century National Bank. All donations must be marked with “Ava Grace.”

Donations can be made at any local branch including the branch in New Concord or by mail to Century National Bank, 14 S. Fifth St., Zanesville OH 43701.

The funds will cover the treatments for Ava, as well as the travel and accommodation expenses for the family of four including Ava; Travis; her mother, Jessie McCulloch; and 5-month-old brother.

Travis McCulloch lived in Guernsey County for 30 years.

His family, including his mother, Fern McCulloch; sister Missy (Ed) Glasgow; and brother Jay (Stacie) McCulloch, still live in Guernsey County.

While Ava has suffered from hydrocephalus, a fluid built up inside the skull; bowel issues and bladder problems, most of the issues she faces involve her lower limbs with her lower legs suffering the most damage.

Ava has beat the odds given by doctors regarding her ability to crawl and walk.

She can walk slowly with the assistance of braces and she suffers from a right hip displacement. She is able to crawl on her knees and pulls herself up, but only with the assistance of items.

The family is trying to get help for Ava prior to the arrival of summer, as additional complications loom on the horizon. Eventually, Ava will have to undergo surgery for her hip.

The treatment for Ava would come from bone marrow from her hip.

The McCullochs were approved for the treatment on Jan. 7.

The River of Life Community Church will be the site of a silent auction fund-raiser from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. Those attending the auction will be able to bid on numerous donated items.



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