Kyle has been diagnosed with a rare disease that causes his white blood cells to form tumors on his bones and all through his body. Fifty people attended the April 16 fundraiser to support Kyle and his family, and $2,884 was raised.

“The biggest thing you can do with your heart is to help somebody out – and help a family out,” said Kevin Davis, emcee at the ravioli fundraiser dinner for Kyle Parkhurst of Weed last Friday night at the Weed Golf Club. Kyle has been diagnosed with a rare disease that causes his white blood cells to form tumors on his bones and all through his body. Fifty people attended the fundraiser to support Kyle and his family and $2,884 was raised.

The evening began with a no-host bar, followed by a dinner of homemade ravioli, salad and break. After dinner, guests participated in a dessert auction and a Chinese auction to win prizes donated by community members and local businesses.

According to Kyle’s mom, Jennifer Crowe, the most recent CT scan of Kyle’s body was clear, but he travels monthly to San Francisco to have checkups for tumors. She said he is in good shape right now, but if a tumor forms, even if it is not cancer, it is treated as cancer. Kyle must be treated with chemotherapy, steroids or radiation after the tumor is removed.

Crowe was appreciative of the support of her friends, family and community in this ongoing struggle against Kyle’s disease. She thanked everyone for coming and for everything they have done.

When she asked Kyle if he had anything to say, he leaned up to the microphone and said, “Hi.”

However, Kyle appeared grateful for the support. He enjoyed putting on the green outside while waiting to enjoy the meal and was not so shy when he savored a slice of cake won in the auction, given to him by the highest bidder. The funds raised will go toward travel costs for his monthly checkups as well as additional medical costs.