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'Benefit for Tillie' is Saturday afternoon in Adrian

Updated: Nov 22, 2023

A Benefit for Tillie has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at the Adrian Middle/High School.

Tillie June was born on June 13, 2019, and suffered a traumatic brain injury during birth that resulted in a spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy diagnosis. This form of cerebral palsy is the most severe and usually affects the entire body, which is the case for Tillie.

Tillie is now 4 years old and is not able to speak, walk, talk or sit without support. She also has high tone in her arms and hands, which makes it difficult for her to grasp, reach, or do anything independently. Tillie cannot take food orally due to lack of low muscle tone that affects her swallowing. She is 100% tube-fed.

Tillie has been accepted into a treatment program in Monterrey, Mexico. There has been a clinical trial study done on cerebral palsy children that has shown promising results. This noninvasive drug free treatment will target the injured areas of the brain and reconnect the damaged fibers back together. This is not a curable treatment, but will improve the quality of life for Tillie.

With travel expenses and loss of wages, it's hoped that the November fundraiser can raise $100,000 to eliminate some of the financial burden for Tillie's family while they fight to give her the best life possible. There will be a live action, silent auction and a pulled pork meal with the event, and raffle tickets will also be sold. Checks can also be made out to Adrian Town & Country (note Tillie Heitkamp) and dropped off at Adrian State Bank.


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