•Amanda Pumm Bernier grew up in the Western New York area. The woman, her family, and husband, Chris, hail from a long line of firefighters and first responders and have a tradition of helping others.
The couple had been expecting their first child, a little girl they named Peanut, when Amanda received devastating news: a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. Since pregnancy accelerates the progression of ALS, Amanda's condition has worsened to the point where she can no longer walk. She has been hospitalized so medical personnel can keep a closer eye on her and her unborn child. Amanda is fighting to maintain for Peanut's sake, and she and Chris hope to see their precious daughter through this.
The couple continues to battle adversity on all fronts, including financial. They have always strived to help others and now the community is coming together to help them.
Amanda's Angels - ALS Buffalo will hold a benefit for Amanda and Christ from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Sheridan Park firehall, 738 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda. The daylong event will feature a Krolick's chicken barbecue dinner, refreshments, a theme basket raffle, and music by Black Rock - rockin' the blues in Western New York. Featured will be Liquid Lunch and Slim Chance and the Can't Hardly Playboys.
Area residents are welcome to stop by for an afternoon of fun and support this couple in this time of need. Tickets are $8.50 presale or $10 at the door and include a sheet of 15 raffle tickets.
Fir more information, contact Kristen Burr at 716-725-6221 or Holli Adams at 716-875-3583, or visit www.gofundme.com/Amanda's-Angels.