CATEGORY: Tishomingo County

AUTHOR: SUMMER

HED:Several benefits planned to help pay for Burnsville boy's treatment

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

BURNSVILLE - Several benefits have been planned this weekend to raise funds for treatment of David Whirley of Burnsville. The 4-year-old boy is one of more than 500,000 Americans who suffer from autism.

The son of Ricky and Karen Whirley was born with several other medical problems such as asthma, hypertonia and neuromotor disorder. He has been in and out of doctor's offices all his life, said Cindy Nelson, his aunt.

Recent medical tests revealed several major abnormalities but doctors have given the family hope that David can benefit from treatment at a special clinic. The treatments will be costly and the family is asking for help from the community.

An account has been set up at the First American National Bank in David Whirley's name. Several benefits are being planned including three this weekend.

On Friday, a three-player basketball tournament will begin at 6 p.m. at the Burnsville Elementary Gym. The cost is $12 a team to play or $4 per person. Trophies will be given to first- and second-place winners

For more information, call Daryl or Brenda Blakney at 427-9212.

Earlier Saturday, a day of fun activities and a gospel music concert will be staged at the Burnsville Elementary Gym. Events get under way at 9:30 a.m. and will include an auction, cakewalks and bake sale. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, lemonade, coffee and soft drinks for sale.

Also on Saturday, there will be a yard sale at the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce. Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Cindy Nelson at 423-2543 or Brenda Blakney at 427-9212.

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