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Benefit to Support Vershire Woman, 22, Battling Cystic Fibrosis

Vershire — A benefit for 22-year-old Erica Ward, of Vershire, is scheduled for Saturday, starting at 6 p.m., at The Pines bar and grill, 1 Maple Ave., Chelsea. The event will include a pig roast, with music by Stone Bullet starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door; $15 for the music only.

Ward has cystic fibrosis, which was diagnosed when she was 4 months old. The chronic disease clogs the lungs with a thick, sticky mucus and leads to life-threatening lung infections. It affects about 30,000 adults and children in the United States, according to the Maryland-based Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Ward is now in North Carolina awaiting a double lung transplant at Duke University Hospital. The benefit’s goal is to raise enough money to help her stay in North Carolina as she completes testing for the transplant and to meet expenses while she recovers afterward.

“Insurance will cover most of the costs,” the family said in a news release, “but not all.”

Tickets can be purchased at The Pines, Chelsea Pizza House and Flanders Market in Chelsea, Ward’s Garage in Vershire, and the North Tunbridge General Store. Donations can be mailed to: Kelly Ward for the Erica Ward Trust, in care of Mascoma Savings Bank, P.O. Box 218, Chelsea, Vt. 05038. For more information, call Kelly Ward at 802-685-2109.