A fundraiser in Geneva to help a Batavia couple with medical expenses raised about $10,400, a family friend said.
Katie Pilcher, who organized the fundraiser at Penrose Brewing Company in Geneva on July 30, said combined with more than $6,600 from a GoFundMe page for the family, they will hit their goal of $15,000.
“We had a great turnout and everyone had a great time,” Pilcher stated in an email.
The fundraiser was to help Paul Pavels and Kristine Bambule of Batavia with expenses connected to their 17-month-old daughter, Wrenley, and her need for a lifesaving bone marrow transplant.
Shortly before she was a year old, Wrenley was diagnosed with severe idiopathic aplastic anemia, a rare blood disorder in which the bone marrow fails to produce blood cells.
Wrenley is scheduled to have the bone marrow transplant Aug. 21 at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, her family said.
Though they have insurance – both parents have jobs in food service – Pilcher saw that they needed financial support to be off work and in the hospital with Wrenley for the transplant and follow-up care.
“We will be keeping the GoFundMe page up throughout her treatment so friends and family can continue to donate,” Pilcher stated in an email.