Fundraiser for local girl battling second round of cancer

Updated: 06/01/2014 7:08 PM
Created: 06/01/2014 5:29 PM WHEC.com

A fundraiser held for a local girl battling cancer for the second time.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Titus Tavern in Irondequoit on Sunday to support Avrie Sinesiou, the seven-year-old who was diagnosed with Leukemia back in 2011. Doctors thought she had beaten the disease, but two months ago she relapsed.

“It was devastating. We never thought this would return. We thought she was on her way to being healthy, and on her way to being a healthy seven-year-old. It was just unbelievable to hear that it was back,” said Kate Gramlich-Sinesiou, Avrie’s mother.

Avrie’s cancer may be back, but the community wants her and her family to know they’re not alone.

More than 185 baskets were raffled off at the fundraiser. There was also live music, food, a magician, balloon animals and bag pipers.

“It has been very difficult, a very difficult, long road. We’ve been having a hard time, but this support that we’re getting from the community has been so helpful, so overwhelming, that it helps us get through the hard times,” said Kate.

Avrie will finish chemotherapy in August. She’ll then undergo a bone marrow transplant to hopefully rid her body of the Leukemia cells.

Event Organizer Andrea Runciman says she hopes to raise enough money to help cover the families travel expenses.

“They’re most likely going to have to travel to Philadelphia, or possibly Florida, for the bone marrow transplant. Neither parent is able to work right now. They’re both teachers. One of them is always at the hospital, and the other is always with their younger daughter Addie,” said Runciman.

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