Chick-fil-A Fundraiser Helps Twins with Rare Disease
Audra Trapletti used to be a dental hygienist, so when the Owner/Operator of the Chick-fil-A at Eastgate Plaza in Greensburg, Pa., found out she had quit her job because her twins had contracted a rare disease, he decided to help.
While Chick-fil-A Owner/Operator Todd Murgi was at the dentist, a hygienist told him that former hygienist Audra Trapletti and her husband, Jason's, 8-month-old twins, Avria and Aubrey, had developed a rare disease known as Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), which left them unable to combat infections.
When Jason gets home from work, he must shower and change clothes before holding the girls to avoid exposing them to viruses or bacteria from the outside world. Only 150 children worldwide have been diagnosed with the disease.
"That's what spearheaded the Spirit Night fundraiser," Todd says. "We wanted to help the family out by hosting an event in their honor." Twenty percent of all Chick-fil-A sales for the night went to the Trapletti twins, who live in Jeannette, Pa. Hundreds of dollars were raised.
Recently, the twins underwent 10 days of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. Doctors are waiting to see how their bodies respond to the treatments.
A fund for the family has been set up at all PNC Bank branches, including the former Irwin Bank and Trust Co. in Irwin, Pa. Checks can be made payable to the "Avria & Aubrey Trapletti Charity Fund." Checks that have the word "and" instead of the ampersand ("&") are being returned by the bank, Audra notes.
A Facebook page has been created with news and updates about the girls: facebook.com/avriaaubreyscidawareness.
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