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PBA Basketball Game to Benefit Brick Girl, 5

Annual game between police officers and Dragons football players set for March 22

The annual Brick PBA Helping Hands basketball game between township police officers and members of the Brick Dragons football team will benefit a 5-year-old township girl who needs 24 hour medical care.

Each year, the basketball game benefits a local family in need. This year, it will benefit the family of Mikaela Magner, to help them care for their daughter.

Mikaela, 5, has Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, which is a rare and severe form of childhood-onset epilepsy. 

On any given day, Mikaela can have from 50 to 100 seizures. She has gone for stem cell treatment, has a Vagal Nerve Stimulation Implant, and is on a Ketogenic diet. So far, doctors have been unable to reduce the number of seizures Mikaela has because LGS is resistant to most medications and currently has no cure. 

Mikaela’s mother, Sarah Pollard, is a single mother who is unable to work due to the 24 hour care needed by her daughter.

"As you can imagine, she has a substantial amount of medical debt that continues to get higher with each passing day," the PBA said in an announcement to Brick Patch.

The game will be held at the Brick Township High School East Gym on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. The cost is $3 per adult and $2 per student.

Donations can be sent to the PBA Local 230, P.O. Box 1067, Brick, NJ  08723, c/o Officer Richard Nelson, Jr.  Checks can be made payable to the “Helping Hands Fund.”

For further information on the game, contact Officers Richard Nelson, Jr. or Robert Scelfo at 732-262-1100 or Detective Greg Mullarkey at 732-262-1122.

John Zingis February 08, 2013 at 02:20 PM
My wife and I wil lbe there. I will spread the word too. THANK YOU Brick PBA.
WMS826 February 08, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Thank you PBA and all participants and attendees. God bless her and all involved.
John Zingis February 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Great cause. Please keep the town posted as the day draws closer. Thank you to Brick PBA and Dragons for organizing this important event. I know it takes a lot of work behind the scenes and you guys are the BEST.
Colleen Groves February 11, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Thank you PBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will spread the word!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Mikaela is my grandaughter, God Bless all those who keep this little girl in their heart & prayers!!!!!!!!!!!!Sooo grateful!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Alicia B. February 12, 2013 at 01:17 AM
I'm so happy to come and support! She is a wonderful little girl that I adore! Her mom is the strongest mother I will ever meet! This is a very deserving family and I know they are very grateful for the benefits of this event! Thank you!
hard working sucker February 12, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Thank you Brick PBA for choosing to help Sarah and Mikaela. Our family has known Sarah for many years, and she is a truly remarkable woman. Best wishes to you Sarah and Mikaela! We haven't seen you Sarah in a few years, but our hearts are with you! love from the Roschens
clamdigger March 21, 2013 at 07:12 PM
heard her mother on 105.7 radio the other day, she sounds like a great lady going through a terrible time. if you missed it or are interested in listening it can be found here; http://1057thehawk.com/helping-hands-charity-basketball-game-to-help-5-year-old-brick-girls-family/
Georgina March 22, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Each day I am amazed and surprised of the courage and strength that Sarah endures . The strength that she has for her daughter. They are two phenomenal young ladies. And all who come to the game will have the honor of seeing them together. I want to thank the PBA for doing this. They are truly a deserving family.
Paul E Ling April 08, 2013 at 04:15 PM
23th Annual Brick P.B.A. "Helping Hands" Basketball Game. Photos just posted at: www.paullingphotography.com

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