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Release Date: November 18, 2010

A constituent, who resides in N Elmsford (Old Country Road) needs YOUR help. Her daughter and her family live with her. Her granddaughter Mikayla has AML (leukemia). They are facing financial difficulties. It would be enormously appreciated if you would take the time out of your schedule tomorrow to help Mikayla and her family during this difficult time. If you want to drop off a check for the family (make the check payable to Mikalya Vizcaino) at Town Hall, I’ll hand deliver the check to the family tomorrow evening. 
Please join us for a Happy Hour to benefit Jennifer Vizcaino’s (teacher at M.L.King) daughter
Mikayla who is suffering from A.M.L. Leukemia
Where:                Burke’s
645 Bronx River Road
                            Yonkers, NY 10704
When:                  Friday, November 19th
                            4 – 7 pm
Cost:                  $40 – includes beer, wine, soda, Apps
20% of any food or other drinks orders will be donated back by Burke’s
Raffles and 50/50 tickets will be sold!
November 2, 2010
To Whom It May Concern:
Allow me to begin by telling you a story about a little girl who is fighting the biggest battle of her life.  Mikayla Vizcaino was born on May 30, 2009.  Like many other infants, she was happy and vibrant, but then her parents, Jose and Jennifer Vizcaino, noticed that she stopped eating, had many fevers and severe vomiting.  Concerned, and after many weeks of tests they went to Westchester Medical Center seeking answers. Sadly, Mikayla was diagnosed with Leukemia, specifically AML. At four months old, Mikayla was about to tackle the most grueling path towards wellness.  All things considered, she has done remarkably well being in the hospital dealing with multiple IV's, MRI's, anesthesia, antibiotics, Heparin, poor sleeping & eating, etc.  After eight months, Mikayla underwent a bone marrow transplant in July.  The transplant looked to be successful, but in August, it appeared that her Leukemia was back. 
This year we are holding our second fundraising event to help support Mikayla and her family.  This has been an upsetting year for the Vizcaino family.  Mikayla’s siblings Isabella (8), Arianna (6) and Karina (3) were forced to cope and understand why their sister wasn’t home.  They also had to deal with their parents going back and forth to the hospital often being left with their grandparents and other supportive family members.  Every night Jennifer or Jose slept at the hospital, never leaving Mikayla alone.  Jennifer has had to take an unpaid leave of absence from work and rely on the generosity of others to compensate for the loss of income. 
I am contacting you on behalf of the Vizcaino family and the Martin Luther King School fund raising team to request your support in the form of a donation.  We have worked very hard to provide support this past year and I hope we can count on you for a generous donation.  Please note that any donation amount is always welcomed and appreciated.
I thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to whatever support you can provide.
If you require additional information about the fund raising event or Mikayla, please contact me and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You may also visit Mikayla’s Facebook page online.  If you are sending your donation in the form of a check, please make it payable to Mikalya Vizcaino.
The fundraiser for Mikalya is being held on November 19, 2010 at Burke’s in Yonkers, New York.  The event will start at 4pm.   If at all possible, please return the donation in the enclosed, stamped and addressed envelope by Monday, November 15, 2010. Thank you for your consideration, we couldn't do it without the generosity of donors like yourself.
Christian Gruetzner, Fundraising Coordinator

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