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Formed in September 2006 by the friends and family of Kaylee Halko, the Ohio Chapter has had tremendous success with its signature event, Kaylee's Course. The support for PRF continues to grow and in October 2011, the Kudzia family and Team Carly-Q officially joined the Ohio Chapter.
To find out about upcoming PRF and Ohio Chapter events click here.
The Progeria Research Foundation, Ohio Chapter Board Members:
|The Halko family|
The Kudzia family
Susan Ross Wells
Dr. William Suarez
CONGRATULATIONS TO Marla Halko, leader of PRF's Ohio chapter and Kaylee's mother, who in February 2008 was awarded the Presidential Service Award for Volunteerism for her fundraising and public awareness efforts for Progeria. Marla has appeared in several TV pieces, interviews regularly for newspaper articles, and goes to the local schools to talk about Progeria. A deserving recognition for all the time and effort Marla devotes to furthering PRF's mission.
Hats Off to Lial Elementary School!
After Kaylee and her mother visited Lial Elementary School in Whitehouse, OH to spread awareness about Progeria, students at the school decided to hold a "Hats-On Day" to raise money for PRF. Each student got sponsors to support "Hats-On Day", and wore those sponsor names on their hats. The special day raised nearly $700 for PRF. Please join us in saying "Hats Off" to Lial Elementary School!
Park Street Intermediate School Spreads PRF Message
During February 2007, Mrs. Lee's 5th grade class at Park Street Intermediate School, in Grove City, OH, put on a presentation about Progeria for the school's 800 students. The students had a variety of events including a bake sale, coin boxes, a pajama day, a professional sports wear day, and sold bracelets, all to benefit PRF! The students invited Kaylee and her family to accept the check for nearly $2,000. The event was such a success that Columbus TV stations and newspapers showed up to get the scoop. Amazing job, kids!
Kaylee, right, and her cousin Julia accept check
from Park Street Intermediate School
Bake Sale Organizers (left to right) Cindy Wiles, Tammy Olivo and Tami Cupp
PRF spirit (and our wristbands) take over an Ohio elementary school!
Fourth Graders Choose Progeria for Class Project and PRF for Fundraiser Proceeds
Kaylee Halko's brother Timmy and his Monclova, Ohio elementary school classmates complete a community service project every year. They raise money and donate it to a charity they have researched and chosen. This year the class overwhelmingly picked The Progeria Research Foundation, and held a bake sale that raised over $250 – wow! They also asked Kaylee's parents, to come and talk to them about Progeria. The local news station filmed the event, and the story was shown on the local ABC News. Kaylee enjoyed meeting and giving high fives to all the students!