Cameryn Rehbein is the spunky 2-year-old daughter of Maureen and Joey Rehbein, and granddaughter of lifelong Elkridge residents Luanne [Castiglia] and Chris Cisna. This little angel has had a rough start in life, but is nothing short of a miracle baby.
Cameryn and her twin sister, Chloe, are a rare, occurring in only 1 percent of all twin pregnancies, type of twin called monoamniotic. Chloe spent six weeks in the hospital after birth; Cameryn stayed for 12 weeks due to complications with her kidneys resulting in renal failure.
When Cameryn finally made it home, she endured dialysis every night for a full year. Her fight for life finally got her off the dialysis, but onto an intense daily regimen of medications. In addition to these health challenges, Cameryn also has to adapt to a life complicated by cerebral palsy.
In about six months, she will receive the ultimate gift from her mom, Maureen, as she undergoes a kidney transplant. In order to help the family with ever-mounting medical bills, a fundraiser, Cam's Carnival, will be held Sept. 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Daniels Restaurant, 5854 Washington Blvd. There is no entrance fee, but the event will feature plenty of opportunities for donations, including a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, basket of cheer; and Daniels' great menu will be available for purchase.
Please join Cameryns' family and friends, along with her siblings Chloe, Mikey and Christian, for a day of love and support. If you cannot be there in person, but would like to help this little girl's fight for life, contact her mom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three outstanding members of St. Augustine Girl Scout Troop 2313 recently earned their Silver Award, the highest award for a cadet Girl Scout. This award provides young ladies (from sixth to eighth grade) the opportunity to develop leadership, organization, determination and a dedication to improving the local quality of life for others.
Rachel Snead, Mary Marc and Jessica Schneck were presented this honor at the Precious Metals Award Ceremony Aug. 25 at Grace Episcopal Church in Elkridge.
Upon visiting the YMCA in Catonsville in search of a worthwhile project, Rachel, Mary and Jessica noticed the need for a clear passage between the activities pavilion and the campfire ring.
This led them to design a hiking trail through the woods and to build a safety rail to prevent falls down a slight embankment. To begin, they cleared brush and fallen trees, picked up trash, cleaned the pavilion and camp gathering areas. They cleverly repurposed old tires found dumped in the woods and, along with fallen trees and rocks, lined the trail, where they spread wood chips to clearly designate the pathway.
These future leaders would like to send a note of gratitude to their own Girl Scout Troop 2313, which helped complete the project; Maryland Ground Cover in Eldersburg for donating 16 cubic yards of mulch; the Hair Station in Elkridge for supplying the lumber to construct the safety barrier; YMCA Director Jill Black and project advisor Patricia "Pat" Henry. Congratulations to these young ladies on a job well done!
If you haven't had your fill of crabs this summer, you can make up for it at the Elkridge Fire Department's annual Crab Feast, hosted by the EVFD Auxiliary, Sept. 14, with music and dancing 6 to 11 p.m. and delicious food 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $40 per person, a bargain for a great cause! Call 410-761-6633, ext. 3, for information and tickets. The event will be held at the EVFD hall, 6275 Old Washington Road.
The annual Elkridge Food Pantry Give Where You Live 5k Family Fun Run/Walk is officially upon us. Come out and support the local pantry Sept. 15, at 8 a.m. This is the sole fundraising event held on behalf of the food pantry, so put on your running or walking shoes and join the fun!
The course is flat, paved and free of traffic; baby strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. Bikes, roller blades, skateboards, scooters and motorized vehicles will not be allowed. The event offers an optional two-mile walk for those who wish to participate but can't or don't run. And pray for kind weather because the event will take place rain or shine.
All proceeds directly benefit the food pantry. You can register at http://www.crosslifeevents.org.
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