Sorority Raises Funds For Former Resident
A former Needmore area woman currently on the liver transplant list at Johns Hopkins was the recent recipient of a sizeable donation from her sisters at Beta Sigma Phi, which hosted this year's Sweetheart Ball held on Valentine's Day in her honor.
Sorority sisters Doris Smith and Virginia McDonald proudly presented Eileen Hutzel with a check in the amount of $6,000, the proceeds raised through the annual ball's ticket sales and auction. According to McDonald, numerous individuals and businesses contributed toward making the charity benefit a success.
Hutzell has been on the waiting list for a transplant since June of 2008 as result of suffering from liver sclerosis. Hutzell previously told the "News" that while undergoing surgery in 1976 she was the recipient of a bad blood transfusion. She was soon diagnosed with hepatitis C which she was able to control for a time through healthy living measures, such as massage, proper vitamins and acupuncture.
With mounting medical expenses, the 66-year-old woman has been receiving much-needed care from the youngest of her four children, who moved home to help with Hutzell's daily care. While she was forced to give up her bookkeeping job with a realty company last fall, she hopes to return to the workforce somewhere down the road.