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Crop to cure MD

Scrapbooker aims to raise money to help nephew

Scrapbooker aims to raise money to help nephew

September 11, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

FUNKSTOWN - Sarah Ward decided some time ago that she wanted to do something to help her 6-year-old nephew who was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy two years ago.

But what could she do?

"I wanted to give a lot of money but I can't," Ward said. So instead she decided to combine her interest in scrapbooking with a fundraiser.

The Crop to Cure MD will be held at the Funkstown Fire Hall Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Scrapbooking enthusiasts, new and seasoned, are invited to show up with their prepaid $40 registration fee that includes a large personal scrapbook space, a goody bag for each participant, door prizes as well as a full lunch, snacks and bottled water.

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Five vendors will be there with items for sale and auction, Ward said. They include Creative Memories, Stampin' Up, Close to My Heart, Scrapbook Garden and Bejou Bags.

"There will be 'make and takes' which are mini projects you do there and take home," Ward said.

Helping Ward with the event is Tera Keplinger, a fellow scrapbooker.

"Sarah and I have known each other for years," Keplinger said. "I've been to several crops before, some for charity but I never knew the person before - I know J.C."

Keplinger said it will be very rewarding to do this for the child. "Our church, Trinity Lutheran, has a group of scrapbookers," she said.

Much of her personal efforts are to organize and display her family memorabilia. "Everyone has that box of pictures under the bed - we just take the time to put them all together," Keplinger said.

All proceeds will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association which has sanctioned the event, Ward said.

Ward can be contacted by e-mail at www.croptocuremd.com.

J.C. Lehman is the son of James and Donna Lehman who live in Hagerstown with their other child, Paige, who is 3. "J.C. goes to school in Frederick and to a camp near Baltimore," Ward said.

The MDA has funds for equipment and for the camps J.C. attends, Ward said.

She describes him as the sweetest, most happy-go-lucky little boy. He can run and play and speak but there are limitations.

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