Division 385 organizes fundraiser for 4-year-old son of BLET member

Members of BLET Division 385 in Toledo, Ohio, are organizing a fundraiser to help a member with his son's mounting medical expenses.

J.E. Swoap of Division 385 and his wife Karlyn have four children, including a 4 year-old-son named Ty. Ty suffers from Treacher Collins Syndrome, a condition that causes facial deformities, breathing problems, hearing problems, and a host of other related issues. In his four years, Ty has undergone 13 surgeries, including operations to open breathing passages and jawbone reconstruction - all related to the Treacher Collins Syndrome. Many of Ty's medical needs aren't covered by insurance, and he is facing at least 10 more surgeries before he reaches maturity.

"Without medical attention, Ty would face life threatening health issues," said Tim DuBois of Division 385, who is helping to organize the fundraiser. "Ty is a happy, compassionate and determined child. He has overcome many challenges in his four years of life."

To help the Swoap family, Division 385 is organizing a fundraiser, "Ty's Magical Night of Hope." The event will be held on April 12 at the D.C. Ranch in Perrysburg, Ohio, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets to the fundraiser are $20 per adult, $5 per child under age 12.

According to Brother J.T. Falk, a member of Division 385 and co-organizer of the event, Division 385 has created a website for people to learn more about Ty and Treacher Collins Syndrome, http://www.TySwoap.com.

Tickets for the fundraiser must be purchased by April 4, and are available through the TySwoap.com website. Members who would like to help but cannot attend the fundraiser can make donations through any Key Bank Branch to the Ty Swoap Benefit account. A flyer for the event is available for download at:




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