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Benefit for cousins set Feb. 9

Feb 01, 2013

PACKWOOD — Pekin Area Church Women United is sponsoring “A Benefit for Cousins” from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 9 at Pekin School.

The cousins are Noah Conger and Reagan Kopsieker.

Noah is a fifth grader at Pekin Elementary School and has polycystic kidney disease. According to the Rev. Carla Nelson, pastor of First Christian Church in Hedrick and Ollie Baptist Church, when Noah was born, he was not expected to live more than five hours, and he just turned 11 years old. He had a kidney transplant when he was 1, but now the disease has affected his liver, and he needs a liver transplant.

Reagan is a seventh grader at Pekin Middle School, and just turned 13. According to Nelson, Reagan was born with heart problems and had several surgeries before her doctors said she had to have a heart transplant to save her life. Reagan got a new heart Jan. 18.

The benefit event will include food, carnival games organized by the Pekin Fellowship of Christian Athletes, local entertainment including Pekin Jump Ropers and both a silent auction and a live auction.

“Please help us support these two families,” said Nelson.

Everyone is welcome.

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