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VFW Post Organizes Benefit For 10-Year-Old Vershire Girl Battling Cancer

White River Junction — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2571 Men’s Auxiliary is hosting a jamboree on Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., to benefit a Vershire family whose 10-year-old daughter is battling cancer.

The event will be held at the VFW post, at 97 S. Main St. in White River Junction, and will feature live music, raffles, a bake sale and other concessions. The auxiliary is now seeking donations of baked goods for the sale.

All money raised by the event will go directly to the family, and donations may be tax deductible, the auxiliary said in a news release.

Courtney Powers was born with hereditary angioedema, a rare and serious immune system disorder, said the auxiliary. In February, the family learned that Courtney also has desmoplastic small round cell tumor, an aggressive childhood cancer. Courtney has already undergone several surgeries and now requires an extended course of chemotherapy and radiation over the next several months.

“Proper care and attention to Courtney, and tending to the needs of her younger sister, has made it very difficult for either parent to maintain any regular income,” the auxiliary stated. “We are hoping to ease some of this financial hardship by making sure that their basic needs are met.”

“Everybody has been so supportive,” Allen Albrecht, club manger at the VFW post, said Tuesday. “Everybody’s come together.”

Courtney’s father, Chip, said the family was grateful for the assistance they have received from their friends and from the wider community. “There’s been so many people that have helped us out,” he said Tuesday. “A lot of the people who have helped and supported us, we don’t know them. It’s just good people.”

For more information, or to arrange a drop-off time for donations of baked goods, call Albrecht at 802-295-9745.

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