A BBQ fundraiser, raffle and blood donation drive benefitting the daughter of a Pflugerville police officer will take place Saturday regardless of potential showers, according to the Pflugerville Police Department.
The event will benefit Camyrn Escobedo, the 9-year-old daughter of Pflugerville PD Sgt. Kurk Anderson, who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia Aug. 24. Without a bone marrow transplant, Camyrn will likely live less than a year, according to Anderson.
“She had some bruises that weren’t healing, so we took her in,” Anderson said. “I thought the doctor would say she has an iron deficiency and needs to eat peanut butter or something like that. But it wasn’t good.”
Treatment leading up to and including a transplant means chemotherapy and other care that will produce medical bills between $300,000 and $880,000, Anderson said.
To help raise the needed funds, the Law Enforcement Association of Pflugerville, or LEAP, and LEAP Charity is hosting Camryn’s Relentless Battle BBQ Benefit at the Pfield, located at 1440 W. Pecan St., Pflugerville, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. If it rains, the event will move to the left side of the stadium underneath the bleachers, according to a press release from Pflugerville PD.
“Camryn’s illness doesn’t take rain checks, so we won’t either”, LEAP President Dan Griffith said in a press release. “It is our goal to provide as much support as possible to Camryn and the Anderson family. While we are all grateful for the monetary help that has been pouring in, we’re doing all we can to to also find a match for Camryn so that she can get the bone marrow transplant that she needs.”
A blood donation drive from We Are Blood will be held at the event as well as bone marrow donor registration with BeTheMatch. The event will also feature a car and motorcycle show, raffle tickets and children’s activities. BBQ plates donated by Brotherton’s BBQ and Elgin Sausage will be available for $10 and can be purchased in advance here.
All proceeds from the event will go toward this GoFundMe account, which has raised more than $25,000 in just over two weeks leaving it just under $5,000 shy of its $30,000 goal.