Fundraiser for little 'angel'

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By Cindy Simpson

The story of Emilie Gregg, a Rockwood girl facing a rare genetic disorder, has touched many lives.

The angelic-faced youth and her family inspired two Avon representatives to find an organization to do a fundraiser for them.

“I can’t get her out of my mind,” Alicia Webb said.“She was brought into our lives for a reason I think.”

Angie Thompson and Webb both found a partnership with the Avery Trace Civitan Club, which includes members Tonya Watts, director of residential habilitation at Michael Dunn Center.

They are selling items from a fundraiser sheet of Avon products with proceeds going to the Greggs.

They will be taking orders through Nov. 7. Watts said anyone wishing to contribute can call at 285-6018.

Thompson said they hope to be able to help the family with medical costs, including the medication that insurance doesn’t cover that costs approximately $2,600 a month.

They said they will work with any group that wants to try and raise funds for the Ridge View Elementary student.

“We’re not going to stop, because we know she has the need,” Thompson said.

Webb said they  hope to raise enough to cover Emilie’s medication for a quarter of a year.

“Our goal is $2,600, at least one month, but I’d like to get quarterly so I challenged them to do enough to get $7,800,” Webb said.

Thompson said Emilie’s grandmother Cindy Gregg referred her to Watts.

Cindy Gregg works at Michael Dunn Center as well, overseeing the work program.