MONTROSE — As Natalia LoCicero distributed items Monday to winners who bought them at a weekend silent auction, she broke into tears.
She's had a few days to decompress from a Saturday fundraiser for her 4-year-old son Reece. But the idea that more than 150 people would gather and raise more than $6,000 so she could pay down her son's medical bills was an act she said was hard to describe.
"This was the start of something wonderful," she said. "I'm relieved, I'm still — the whole family is still really overwhelmed."
Reece, who turns 5 next month, suffers from a series of symptoms that have baffled specialists. His condition, which doctors say is not contagious, has confounded doctors who struggle to diagnose his ailments. Symptoms include asthma, skin sores, and other conditions and symptoms.
Saturday's fundraiser, held at the Wine Cave on Honolulu Avenue, was to boost Reece's Medical Fund, an account that exists to pay off the LoCicero family's nagging medical debt. Reece's family members moved out of their Montrose home and in with his great-grandmother to cut costs, and borrowed $20,000 earlier this year.