Allyson Semler is surrounded by angels - her parents, grandparents and doctors. Now the members of the Maugansville Ruritan can be added to the list.
The Maugansville Ruritan Club is donating all of the proceeds from its Annual Community Auction to help pay for Allyson's mounting medical bills. The 11-month old daughter of Jamie Lynn Connor, 25, and Aaron Semler, 23, of Hagerstown was diagnosed with Moyamoya disease, a rare, progressive disorder which causes obstruction of major blood vessels around the base of the brain.
As the disease progresses, it can cause brain damage, resulting in seizures and strokes. While there is no cure for the disease, surgery can restore blood flow to the brain. There are only two surgeons in the U.S. who have performed this specialized procedure, one in California and one in Boston.
Allyson is scheduled for surgery on March 28 at Children's Hospital Boston. In addition to Allyson's medical expenses, there are travel, lodging and food expenses for her parents and grandparents who will all be in Boston with her.