Curl Up and Dye put on a fundraiser for Middletown resident Katelyn Bailey last weekend.
Last Sunday, Newporters turned out in droves to attend Curl Up and Dye’s third annual cancer benefit. The event featured original art and photography on auction from local artists and even had scantily clad models selling raffle tickets. The true purpose of the day was to raise money for Katelyn Bailey, a five-year-old Middletown girl battling leukemia. For the first two years, the fundraiser raised money for breast cancer, however all of this years proceeds will be given to help the Bailey family. “I don’t know the family personally, but I really wanted to help out,” said Curl Up and Dye owner Jill Greenman.
Local yoga instructor Courtnay Meletta launches campaign to raise $20,000 for HIV/AIDs prevention and education in South Africa.
Like many others, Courtnay Meletta says she always wanted to make a difference, but never knew how. Then on New Year's Eve 2009, Meletta's 2 ½-year-old nephew was diagnosed with Stage III Hepatoblastoma, a rare children's cancer of the liver. For six months, she watched him go in and out of the hospital every week, have feeding tubes and IVs attached to him 24 hours a day, and endure chemotherapy. Thankfully, her nephew's cancer is now in remission and he recently celebrated his 3rd birthday. But Meletta says the experience, while trying, reminded her family just how lucky they are. That made her want to do something to help the children who don't have access to the same kind of care and resources. So in April, Meletta signed up for Off …