A barbecue fundraiser, blood drive and raffle to help the 9-year-old daughter of a Pflugerville police officer who has a rare life-threatening disease will take place Saturday at Pflugerville Stadium. Participants will also have a chance to register to donate their bone marrow.
The Law Enforcement Association of Pflugerville and its charity are hosting the event to help Camryn Escobedo, who was recently diagnosed with aplastic anemia, which prevents a person’s bone marrow from making blood cells, according to a police news release.
She needs blood transfusions and a bone marrow transplant, the release said. Camryn is the daughter of Sgt. Kurk Anderson and his wife, Kimberly. Anderson said in a news conference at the end of August that without a bone marrow transplant, Camryn has up to a year to live.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the stadium at 1440 W. Pecan St. even if it’s raining, the release said. In case of rain it will be held under the bleachers on the left side of the stadium and there will be tents for people to stay dry as they eat, according to the release.
There will be a blood drive hosted by the Austin blood donation group We Are Blood and a bone marrow registry drive hosted by BetheMatch.org at the event. There will also be a bike and car show and children’s activities.
“Camryn’s illness doesn’t take rain checks, so we won’t either,” said Dan Griffith, the president of the association hosting the event in a statement in the release. “It is our goal to provide as much support as possible to Camryn and the Anderson family.”
Tickets for barbecue plates are $10 each. They can be purchased in advance at the Police Department or at the event, or on Camryn’s Facebook page.
The raffle prizes include a beach house vacation. Raffle tickets are $10 each or six for $50.