Amyloidosis occurs when enough abnormal protein builds up in one or more organs. It originates in bone marrow and then can affect the heart, kidneys, nervous system and gastro tract, as well as other organs.
Chip Miller, Co-owner of Carlisle Events and a huge vette fan, also died of this rare disease in 2004 three months after being diagnosed.
I was thinking of a couple fund raising ideas. Why not contact the local newspaper and have them do a story to draw the publics attention to the disease and at the same time mention the education fund. They do that here all the time when someone is in need.
In addition, perhaps the local corvette club, could consider fund raising events, proceeds going to his education fund. For instance, Stafford Volunteer Fire Dept www.staffordvfd.org in Stafford, NY does an annual fund raiser and they always select a nice 63-67 Sting Ray. This year it's a '63 Vert both top FI. I always contribute $10.00 for each book of 15 numbers. A small donation for their department and a chance to own another great Sting Ray. A win-win situation regardless of who gets the vette.
I would have them explore the possibility of doing a nice C5 Z06 right off CF FS section for starters. Who wouldn't want a chance to own a Z06 for the cost of $10.00? And that could lead to an annual event to fight the disease. I'm sure the club would be willing to brainstorm some ideas. That's part of what vette clubs are all about. Just have to ask.
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