Helping an island family

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 4:15pm

A group of island residents have put their collective energies together to put on a fundraiser to help defray some long-term costs of a family whose loved one is about to undergo a serious medical procedure.

The loved one is Block Island School student Mason Miro. He’s headed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence for some prep work on his spine that is expected to sideline him and his mother, Alicia Miro, for the next few months. Because Alicia expects to be at the hospital for the foreseeable future, she’ll be out of work and living expenses will add up.

That’s when her friends stepped in. Residents Eileen Birk, Laura Risom, and Karen Logan have put together an event at Yellow Kittens that will include a live auction to help raise some much-needed funds.

Emceeing the show will be Rob Martin, known as Magic Rob, who will also perform a magic show.

As for the auction items up for bid? Birk said there were hotel rooms up for grabs for $75 to $99 here on the island, an Eben Horton colored glass orb, photographs by Malcolm Greenaway and Lisa Sprague, and much more.

“I can’t tell you how many people said they wanted to get involved,” said Birk.

Alicia said Mason will soon be heading over to Providence for some pre-surgery procedures. He’ll be in halo traction for up to four weeks, and some work will be done on his spine prior to the surgery, which includes inserting magnetic rods designed to straighten his vertebrae.

“The purpose is to alleviate the scoliosis in his spine. The rods will stop the curvature and relieve the pressure on his intestines,” said Alicia. The rods are magnetic so they can be moved by a powerful magnet as Mason grows so that he does not have to undergo more invasive procedures.

Miro said she expects to be on the mainland “for most of the surgery. I probably won’t leave the hospital.” The road to recovery will take about three months.

The fundraiser will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29, beginning at 6 p.m.