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Sunday benefit to help paralyzed Clarence woman

Friends and family of a Clarence woman paralyzed last year by a spinal condition will host a benefit on Sunday to help with her ongoing needs.

The gathering on behalf of Helene Lumia, 22, will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. at Clarence High School, 9625 Main St.

During an emergency room visit last June, Lumia was told she had a cyst on her spinal cord where it connects to her brain stem. She lost the use of her limbs after several surgeries and procedures to address the damage caused by the cyst.

Lumia recently returned to her family’s home in Clarence after several months of intensive physical therapy in Atlanta. Her family describes her as “a loving daughter, sister, and friend, with an infectious laugh and a beautiful smile that has touched so many people’s lives.

"Her unyielding strength and spirit is an inspiration to all her family and friends," benefit organizers said.

Lumia has returned from Atlanta and is living in the familiarity of her family’s home. The benefit is designed to help cover some of the cost for travel, treatment and home remodeling so Lumia’s family can provide her with the care she will need.

Benefit tickets, which will be available at the door, cost $20 and cover food and drinks. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffles, door prizes and more. Donations also can be made to the Clarence Rotary Foundation (PO Box 157, Clarence, NY 14031). In the subject line please note “Helene Lumia.” For more information, contact Taunya Clarke at 713-7262 or

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