Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tioga Downs Raises $25,000 for Two Sick Children

Tioga Downs along with its fans, horsemen, and employees just finished up the charity for the month of August for the 2010 Horseplay Car Giveaway for Chloe Mulcahy and Aliesya Abrams, and with your help we have raised $6,480.

That number will be increased to $25,920 as Tioga Downs, Jeff Gural (Chairman of American Racing), and the Starlite Children’s Foundation from New York City are all going to match what was raised throughout the month.

Chloe Mulcahy was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic disorder called AHUS (Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome) in January of 2010.

This causes proteins produced by the liver to break down her red blood cells and can lead to kidney failure, high blood pressure, and a number of other life threatening complications.

AHUS is most common in young children, yet less than 300 children are diagnosed in the United States each year and most don’t make it past the first year of diagnosis.

Aliesya Abrams was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma Cancer and on June 6, 2010 underwent brain surgery to remove a large stage four malignant tumor.

Treatment for Alieysa includes between eight and 12 months of extensive chemotherapy to ensure all cancerous cells have been removed, along with many in and out patient hospitalizations in the coming months.

“When you see young kids like this it truly breaks your heart and makes you realize how lucky you are to have kids and grandkids who are healthy," said Jeff Gural, Chairman and CEO of American Racing and Entertainment. "We are very proud of what we have been able to accomplish for these two girls in the month of August and want to say thank you to everyone who participated."

The Mulcahy and the Abrams family were both in attendance on Sunday afternoon for the last day of the charity and personally thanked everyone in attendance for their donations.

Each family will receive just under $13,000 to help pay for things that insurance companies don’t cover including treatment expenses, medicines, and travel.

For everyone that helped raised money for the Mulcahy's and the Abrams, everyone at Tioga Downs thanks you for your support.