Healthy Living

Fundraiser Sunday for Kara Crawford

Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the event would be held Saturday.

Kids for Kara, a fundraiser for 34-year-old leukemia patient Kara Crawford, will be held Sunday at Discovery Point Child Development Center at Thomas Crossroads.

Crawford has worked at the daycare center for 10 years, and was diagnosed with leukemia after a recent dental surgery. She has been at Emory Hospital for more than three weeks, only able to see her two children on two occasions.

The event is 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Thomas Crossroads facility. There will be inflatables donated by Jump 2 It, a magic show by Ken Scott, and an area set up for gymnastics. Photographer Michelle Wright will take “crazy photo booth” pictures. A massage therapist will be available, along with a dunk tank, a basket raffle, and food.

A ticket price of $10 for a child will include activities and magic show. Photos and lunch with drink will be sold separately. For a fee of $5, food includes the choice of hot dogs, hamburgers or barbecue.

A raffle of several gift baskets and T-shirts with the Kids for Kara logo are available. According to Diane Tant of sister school Discovery Point at SummerGrove, Crawford had a wisdom tooth removed. After the procedure, Crawford’s gums became inflamed. She was referred to her physician but ended up going to the emergency room at Piedmont Newnan Hospital where blood work indicated Crawford had acute myeloid leukemia. She was sent to Emory Hospital for treatment and has been there ever since.

After rounds of both oral and I.V. chemotherapy, Crawford is awaiting the results of bone marrow testing.

Because Crawford’s children are under 12, they have limited access to her wing at the hospital.

“Miss Kara has been an awesome, loving, caring and nurturing teacher at Discovery Point for well over 10 years,” said Anne Finely of Discovery Point. “She is loved by many parents and children and is an important part of our school – and will continue to be when she wins this fight.”

The center is located at 3052 Sharpsburg-McCollum Road, Newnan.

For more information, email discoverypoint29@numail.org or call 770-254-1880.



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