By GREG RUSSELL
Register Staff Writer
Thursday’s benefit performance of “Always a Bridesmaid” enriched a cause far more crucial than entertainment.
All ticket proceeds from the Butterfield Stage Players audience — which ultimately amounted to more than $1,200 — went to the “M-O-O-Ving Thru’ the Mud” organization, which operates on behalf of patients suffering from hypothalamic hamartomes, a rare brain tumor.
The local organization was inspired by the diagnosis of Valley View child Landon Tipps and his subsequent surgery. Tipps attended Thursday’s performance along with mother Wendi Tipps and grandmother Kathi Kirby.
Kirby said she appreciates the “Mud” organization chiefly since it is coordinated with the Hypothalamic Hamartome Foundation, which exists to focus on an illness that has a reported estimated patient count of only one out of 200,000 people.
“The condition he has can be terminal,” she said. “Other children have died from it. And it causes them to have seizures.”
Kirby also said Landon Tipps is due for further tests during the next month, and is now holding strong.
“We’re just so blessed to have him,” she said. “And he’s just changed our world. Because he’s eight years old, but developmentally, he’s only between 13 months and three years. He has a lot of energy and he’s amazing.”
Mother Wendi said her son was the first child at Cook Children’s Medical Center to be diagnosed with a hypothalamic hamartome, which led to a greater regional focus on the disorder.
“They’ve been able to diagnose eight other children since Landon,” she said. “So there’s eight other people in this area who have been treated.”
Thursday’s benefit, along with related fundraisers, helps families cope with this brain disease by providing information and support to patients, caregivers and healthcare providers. Whatever proceeds flow in will finally aid research for early detection, improvement of treatments and discovery of a cure.
Before the show, “Bridesmaid” director Sally Page told the audience she was glad the Gainesville production could be a part of progress and that “Mud” is only one benefactor of local generosity.
“If you know the workings of the town, you know these same people support the museum, the zoo, hospices, Abigail’s Arms and the Medal of Honor (program),” she said. “It’s just an incredible town to be from — and I am from here now. I have adopted it as my own.”
For more information about the “Mud” organization, visit the organization’s Facebook page.
By GREG RUSSELL
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