Benefit to aid Harvard boy, 4

HARVARD – A “Charging Forward for Ryley” benefit will begin at noon Saturday at the Harvard Moose Lodge.

Ryley Nelson, 4, has CHARGE syndrome, which affects one in 10,000 children. Ryley has vision loss, hearing loss, swallowing difficulties, low muscle tone, heart defects, slow development, a depressed immune system, dysphasia of the jaw, a lack of balance and an inability to communicate.

With these issues, Ryley has many different medical needs. At this time, he is in need of hearing aids, which cost $4,000, and a wheelchair ramp for his home. Financial assistance also is needed for medical bills, upcoming surgeries and medical equipment.

The event, which is co-sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church, will begin at noon, with food at 2 p.m. The headlining band, Rock Boxx, of Chicago, will take the stage at 5 p.m.

The event will include a pig roast, Mirai sweet corn and a concession line. There will be a 50/50 raffle, a bags tournament and a 12-inch coed softball tournament. Teams are welcome to sign up that day.

Children’s rides, face painting and airbrush tattoos will be offered. A deejay will play all day.

Donations may be made at account set up at Castle Bank in Harvard. Checks should be made out to “Benefit of Ryley Nelson.”

For information, call Helen Nelson at 815-770-0149 or Joe Belohlavy at 815-713-7818.

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