BROKEN BOW–The fundraiser for Aniah Preston, son of Amy Kulhanek was held Sunday, July 8. Local service organizations The Broken Bow Lions Club and the Broken Bow Area Rotary Club collaborated for the first time to make this project possible.
Aniah was born with a mitochondrial disease and has had many battles with different illnesses related to it over his 16 years. Aniah’s latest challenge is that his vision is failing. The glasses that may help him are extremely expensive and the fundraiser was to assist with their purchase.
The day started off with a poker run to Westerville, Ansley, Berwyn, and back to Broken Bow. Approximately 30 participants joined in the poker run. Casey Doggett had the best hand and Louis Maring had the lowest hand. The pot was split between them and both returned the money to the fundraiser. A huge thank you to both Doggett and Maring. A free-will donation meal and a silent auction followed the afternoon poker run.
Aniah’s Mom, Amy Kulhanek had the following to say about the fundraiser:
“Aniah and I would like to thank everyone that donated in any capacity to Aniah’s benefit. Even if you came and just sat down and ate a meal and didn’t donate…thank you for your time. Aniah has been fighting this fight for 16 of his almost 17 years on this earth. It doesn’t seem fair that kiddos like Alle, Frederick, and Aniah have to fight such a grown-up battle.
“This community has stepped up and has lessened the load and made these children’s lives happier by its generosity. My heart is often heavy and I can’t imagine how Aniah feels. I do know he is very appreciative of everything that has been given to him as am I. Thanks again! I would also like to add special thanks to the Broken Bow Lion’s Club, Broken Bow Area Rotary, Julie Toline, Deb McCaslin, and Jamie Einspahr and family.”
The fundraiser was a huge success and the goal was met!
Story courtesy Broken Bow Lions Club, Julie Toline