Benefit to combat cystic fibrosis is scheduled for Feb. 9

The Har­vey/DeLange fam­ily’s 23rd an­nu­al be­ne­fit to com­bat cyst­ic fibrosis is ap­proach­ing, and plan­ners are hop­ing for an­oth­er big night. 

The yearly take is about $14,000.

“It’s been in­creas­ing over the years,” said April DeLange, one of the or­gan­izers. “It’s been a great suc­cess. We get about four-hun­dred people to the be­ne­fit.”

Among the oth­er or­gan­izers is Jam­ie Lynne Har­vey, 27. She and DeLange, 31, are sis­ters. Both were dia­gnosed with cyst­ic fibrosis as in­fants.

Cyst­ic fibrosis is a ge­net­ic dis­order that primar­ily af­fects the lungs, along with the pan­creas, liv­er and in­test­ine. It is char­ac­ter­ized by scar­ring and cysts with­in the pan­creas. The most ser­i­ous symp­tom is dif­fi­culty breath­ing, caused by lung in­fec­tions.

The be­ne­fit is set for Sat­urday, Feb. 9, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., at Her­oes Ball­room, at 11630 Car­oline Road. The site is the new home of Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5.

The first be­ne­fit took place in 1991, after DeLange and Har­vey lost their 9-year-old cous­in, Jen­nifer, to the dis­ease. Pro­ceeds be­ne­fit the Cyst­ic Fibrosis Found­a­tion, which funds re­search in­to find­ing a cure for the dis­ease and de­vel­op­ing medi­cines to help people live bet­ter with CF.

“Cyst­ic fibrosis is around, and we need help,” DeLange said. “A lot of people don’t real­ize what we go through. As people with CF get older, it gets a lot harder.”

Delange, of Pine Val­ley, and Har­vey, of Sandy­ford Park, both work full time. They find time to each take about 30 to 40 pills a day, spend 30 to 60 minutes each day on air­way clear­ance ther­apies and take about sev­en med­ic­a­tions through nebulizer treat­ments. The two wo­men really look for­ward to the an­nu­al event.

Tick­ets cost $40 and in­clude a full open bar, a hot buf­fet, disc jockey Mike Long and door prizes. Money will also be raised through a 50-50 draw­ing and a Chinese auc­tion.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate every­one’s sup­port,” DeLange said. “People pull to­geth­er for a good cause. A lot of people donate door prizes and gift bas­kets. It means more than you can ima­gine.” ••

Tick­ets are avail­able in ad­vance or at the door. To make a dona­tion, send checks to Cyst­ic Fibrosis Found­a­tion, c/o 7807 Brockle­hurst St., Phil­adelphia, PA 19152. For more in­form­a­tion, con­tact Patty Har­vey at 215-622-5170 or pamf­h622@com­ or e-mail har­veyCF­be­ne­fit@com­

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