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MIDDLE POINT — Twelve years ago local resident Kara Young was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. This disease with its many complications has no cure. Crohn’s Disease is an incurable disease of the digestive tract and can affect all parts of the body that involve the digestive system. Approximately 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with this disease.

Many of our local people are also battling this debilitating disease. No one knows exactly what causes this disease. Also no one can predict how the disease, once it is diagnosed, will affect any particular person. Some people go for years without having any symptoms, while others have more frequent flare-ups, or attacks.

However one thing is certain Crohn’ s is a chronic condition. There are effective treatments available that may control Crohn’s disease for some, but many suffer because of the treatment not working for them. There is no “one size fits all” treatment for everyone, what works for some does not work for others. Most of these treatments have horrible side effects which causes the patient to have to stop the treatment before reaching remission. Those people are the ones we are trying to help by sponsoring a benefit to raise money for research.

This benefit is in honor of Kara Young, as there has been no treatment that has been effective for her. All proceeds from this benefit will be donated to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America to help the continuing process of research to fund a cure.

The benefit will be held Saturday, May 10, at the Middle Point Community Building (ballpark).

There will be a poker run that will begin with registration at 11 a.m. with the first bike out at 12 p.m. A quarter auction will open at 1 p.m. with the auction to begin at 2 p.m. There are many local businesses who have donated to this benefit as well as local vendors. Plan to attend this event which will help so many not only in our area, but nationwide. Monetary donations can be sent to June Young, 17858 Middle Point Road, Van Wert, OH 45891.