North Laurel/Savage: Family of boy with chronic illness appeals for help

At 8 years old, Mason Roberts has struggled his entire life. Mason was born with pneumonia and meningitis.

They were not sure he would live, but he proved them wrong. He has three lung diseases that have caused many problems, including many more trips back to the hospital. He has had around 40 cases of pneumonia and has to be home-schooled most of the year because of his health issues.

A typical day for Mason is that he wakes up and gets a breathing treatment and then breakfast. He has a tutor from the county three times a week and, after that ,he needs a nap. After that is treatment two.

He has to wear a mask if he leaves the house, and he leaves only if the humidity is not too high or it is not raining. He has a tube to help with his eating. At night he gets another treatment and then is attached to a feeding tube with a growth hormone to help him ensure he gets enough of his nutrients as well as to help him grow.

Now, his insurance says he does not need the growth hormone. The doctors do not have a label for the condition, so no nonprofit will donate to his cause. This has left the family without the financial support they need to continue to help Mason. They have applied for assistance but are still waiting to hear if they will receive it.

They are also trying to set up a nonprofit site for him. If you would like to find out more about Mason and how he is doing, go to

Resurrection of Our Lord is holding a yard sale Oct. 20 and is selling spaces for $20 or $25 for a space with a table and chair. The time will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call the parish office at 410-792-7982 for an application. The church is at 8402 Brock Bridge Road.

St. Francis of Assisi holds a yard sale on Sept. 8, 9 a.m. to noon. Spaces are $20 for 2 spaces, $5 for additional spaces. For information, contact Joan Morris at or Gail Brown at

All of the local elementary schools will have kindergarten orientation and open houses on Aug. 24. Laurel Woods will be 2 to 3 p.m. and a new student orientation 8:30 to 9 a.m. Gorman Crossing will be at 10 a.m. and an open house for all students is at 3 p.m.

Bollman Bridge's times are 10 a.m. for kindergarten, noon for the recreation program, 2 p.m. for new students and an open house for all at 2:30 p.m. Forest Ridge will hold a new student orientation 9 to 10 a.m. and the kindergarten orientation 10 to 11 a.m., with the open house 2 to 3 p.m.

Hammond Elementary's Back to School Night for just parents is Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. and the kindergarten orientation is on Aug. 24 at 10:30 a.m. with an open house 2 to 3 p.m.

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