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Fundraiser planned to help family battle MS

Tracey Park and her family are on a journey to help her stop the harmful and painful effects of multiple sclerosis. Back row (L-R): Tracey Park, husband Bud Park, daughter Jennifer Lund, Andy Lund, daughter Miranda Park holding baby Cohen Park, and son William Park holding baby Kynlee Park, Front row (L-R): Daughter Kristie Park and friend Trevor O’Driscoll.
Tracey Park and her family are on a journey to help her stop the harmful and painful effects of multiple sclerosis. Back row (L-R): Tracey Park, husband Bud Park, daughter Jennifer Lund, Andy Lund, daughter Miranda Park holding baby Cohen Park, and son William Park holding baby Kynlee Park, Front row (L-R): Daughter Kristie Park and friend Trevor O’Driscoll.

 

Fundraiser planned to help family battle MS

 

Daniela Vazquez

Staff writer

10-6-2016

 

GUNNISON—Family and friends of Tracey Park of Gunnison are hosting a benefit dinner to help Park get a hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) aimed at stopping the harmful effects of multiple sclerosis (MS).

For 16 years, Park has endured the tremendous struggles as the disease has affected her immune system, skeletomuscular system, respiratory system and nervous system.

Park has been through all medical treatments available, but to no avail. Her body is now going through the aggressive stages of MS, but research has found a procedure called HSCT.

The costly chemotherapy procedure will harvest her own stem cells, then inject them into her body. However, the procedure only stops the progression of MS and doesn’t repair damage to her organs that has already occurred.

A pulled pork dinner with all the sides will be held Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Gunnison Valley Middle School on 271 E. 600 South. Plates are $7 for adults, $4 for children and $25 for families.

All proceeds will be used to support Tracy Parks, HSCT treatment.

For tickets or more information, contact Stacey Johansen at (435) 979-1287 or Sharon Hilley at (702) 205-8510.

To read more about her story, visit https://www.facebook.com/stopmsnow/, or to donate  visit https://www.youcaring.com/tracey-mendenhall-park-634472.