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Norridge group helps collect funds for 5-year-old in need of brain surgery

The Harwood Heights/Norridge community is collecting funds to help a 5-year-old boy suffering from a rare form of epilepsy.

Jovani Geyer’s epilepsy is due to a hamartoma of the brain and requires laser brain surgery. Pamela Church-Pryor, community ministries director of The Salvation Army Norridge Citadel Corps, said local hopsitals do not have the equipment or the knowledge to do this particular surgery, so Jovani will go to Texas to have the surgery done. Insurance will pay for the hospital stay, not the surgery, tests or doctors.

Jovani’s mom. Krys Geyer, is trying to work with insurance, but in the meantime, they are raising money for the surgery. Donations can be made at http://www.gofundme.com/5ztw2k or at any TCF bank to an account called Jovani’s medical expenses.

For more information about hypothalamic hamartomas, visit http://hopeforhh.orh/understandinghh/managing-1html and http://texaschildrens.org/About-Us/News/Laser-epilepsy-treatment/

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