Yvonne and Ronald Singletary, of Rockingham, have organized a fundraiser to help pay medical bills for their great-granddaughter, Julia Brock. Julia is the daughter of Traci and Seth Brock.
Born in April 2010, Julia was thought to have little hope of surviving. She was diagnosed with a rare birth defect, lacking a portal vein connecting her liver with the rest of her body.
Her family located a doctor in Chicago, who can create a vein for her. The surgery has a 90 percent success rate, and the family is determined to give their baby a chance for a new life.
“They found this doctor by searching on the Internet for solutions to Julia’s health problem,” said Yvonne. “They don’t get any government assistance or anything, but all their family is coming together to help raise funds and help them. We will be here for them.”
Singletary said the doctor mentioned there was about a three-year window in which he could do the surgery successfully.
“She had just turned 2 when her parents found the doctor,” said Yvonne. “I think that’s a sign that this is meant to happen for her.”
The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bowles Furniture on Hwy 74 in Rockingham.
There will be a bake sale, hot dog sale, raffle drawings, face painting and crafts at the event.
“We’ll be raffling off a gas grill, oak rocker, tool kit, golf games at Loch Haven, a $50 gift certificate for Wrenn’s Jewelry, a hat autographed by Jimmie Johnson and other items,” said Yvonne.
Donations can also be sent to Julia’s Journey, 6393 Pagemont Drive, Kannapolis, NC 28081.