Church groups help tot

November 16, 1996

From staff reports

When two Washington County church youth groups learned of the plight of a local youngster with a rare kidney disease, they decided to do something about it.

Members of the Hagerstown Presbyterian Church Sunday Night Live group and the First Baptist Church youth group have pooled their resources to organize a pork and sauerkraut dinner on Dec. 7.

The dinner will be at the Presbyterian Church from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children 5-12 and free for children under 5.


All the proceeds will go toward medical treatment for Brittany Jenkins, a two-year-old girl who suffers from a condition known as Drash.

Brittany is the adopted daughter of David and Lisa Jenkins. The condition affects several body systems and has so far taken its toll on the toddler.

She had undergone chemotherapy, dialysis, removal of her malformed ovaries and diseased kidneys. In addition, she has fought off three blood infections, according to her family.

Currently she is awaiting a kidney transplant.

"We just felt that we could help this family in a positive way,'' said Laura Eckard, one of the organizers of the fund-raiser.

"The two groups wanted to work together on a project. What better way of teaching God's love than through helping these folks?'' Eckard said.

Also involved in the effort are the Rev. Eddie Blackmon at First Baptist Church, and Linda Wahl.

David Jenkins said in October that medical costs were taking a financial toll on his family, which is thankful for help from food banks, churches, a service organization and friends.

Jenkins' insurance covers only part of the cost of his daughter's care, and has a $250,000 lifetime benefit cap per family member, he said.

The cost of Brittany's care is $280,000 and rising, he said.

Tickets to the dinner are available now by calling the Hagerstown Presbyterian Church at 739-6337, or by contacting any member of either group.

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