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Benefit for Ellsworth area 21-month-old with CF furthers hope

The obstacles to good health for 21-month-old Ava Schutz are so overwhelming that hope seems elusive.

Her parents, Jared and Jessa, have been told the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patient will continue to take the medications and therapy she's now receiving for the rest of her life. They've also been made aware the average life expectancy for such patients is between 25 and 35 years. Even getting a cold, the flu or pneumonia could prove deadly.

"We've been advised to let her do the things she can while she's still young," Jessa (Gilliland) Schutz said Wednesday.

But hope is behind the benefit for the family being planned by themselves and grandmother Janet Huebner for Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the El Paso Bar and Grill in Ellsworth.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Feb. 13.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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