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Cruise is success for 4-year-old girl

July 18, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On July 10, the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club celebrated 40 years of helping children by hosting its weekly cruise night to the benefit of Leighton Bianco Fearon, 4, daughter of Delanie Bianco and Matt Fearon.

Leighton was diagnosed with Diamond-Blackfan anemia at 5 months old and has been undergoing medical procedures leading up to an upcoming bone marrow transplant surgery. The surgery will help her with the production of red blood cells, which she takes daily shots for. She also has been receiving blood transfusions and blood work to help her get rid of excess iron.

MVOCC event chairman Rich Posivak said the family has insurance, but it never covers everything.

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Leighton Bianco Fearon, 4, shows her cute side in front of tables full of Chinese auction baskets that brought in funds to help the girl with her medical expenses.

"When you get a bill for $100,000 and you have to pay 20 percent, that's a lot of money," he said. "Then on top of that you have to pay for transportation to the hospital."

While it won't cover everything, the car club did manage to raise over $2,600 to help the family with upcoming expenses.

"The next step is to have an MRI to check her liver," said Delanie.

If the iron level is good, she can be scheduled for the bone marrow transplant in Cincinnati. Otherwise she will continue 48-hour stays in Akron Children's Hospital every week to have a transfusion for the iron problem.

When she does go to Cincinnati, it will be a long stay and Delanie will have to pay for an apartment to be able to stay with Leighton. That is why the generous donation from the car club is something Delanie said she is thankful for.

"It is so nice of the car club to help out," she said. "With all the travel and medical bills, this really helps. It is so nice of the car club to do this. The proceeds will definitely help with expenses as she embarks on her journey to good health."

As for Leighton, she loves coming to the car show and knows how to be the star of the show.

"She is so happy to be here," Delanie said. "From her demeanor, you would never know she is sick."



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