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Small wonder: Area girl donates $7,000

July 7, 2016
By Amanda Dedie - editorial@westfieldrepublican.com , Westfield Republican

BUFFALO - Cassidy Phillips, a 10-year-old Westfield resident, recently traveled to the Gates Vascular Institute and Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo to reunite with her physicians, tour the angio labs and donate a check of $7,000 to the facilities.

Phillips is a survivor of Arteriovenous Malformation, or AVM, which is a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain. She was diagnosed at the age of 6 after a terrifying day at her grandma's where she ended up blacking out.

Phillips received treatment at both Kaleida Health locations and as a thank you, she held a dance-a-thon in April at the Westfield Moose Lodge to help tell her story, raise money and increase AVM awareness across western New York.

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Cassidy Phillips, a 10-year-old Westfield native, recently traveled to the Gates Vascular Institute and Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo to donate a check of $7,000 to the facilities. Pictured are Cassidy in front, along with from left: Dr. Elad Levy, Jody Lomeo (CEO Kaleida Health) and Dr. Hakeem Shakir.

Phillips had been considering raising money for something when her mom suggested raising money to build awareness for AVM, and the dance-a-thon was born.

"I chose a dance-a-thon because it's perfect for kids (to do) and it's fun for everybody," Phillips said.

There were Zumba instructors, 50/50 raffles, a silent auction, a DJ, and door prizes, all to help raise money to benefit the children treated at the Gates Vascular Institute and Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

"I just want (other kids) to be able to do fun things like I'm able to do right now," said Phillips of her donation to the institutes, and how she hopes it benefits those who utilize their services.

"Recently, I had another surgery and I got really good news that my AVM is still there, but the treatment for my AVM worked successfully. I am very thankful to be here right now and will be forever thankful to the medical staff, family and friends for all of their support," said Phillips in a letter to her family and friends.

 
 
 

 

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