Fundraiser planned for Berks baby with Alpers syndrome

Sun., Sept. 23, at Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery

WYOMISSING, Pa. - A popular restaurant in Berks County is serving up support for Grace Austerberry, a 10-month-old baby recently diagnosed with Alpers syndrome.

"That's a mitochondrial disease that they're treating her for," said Tiffany Grim, a friend of Grace's mom, Christy, a fifth-grade teacher in the Wilson School District. "There's, unfortunately, no cure for it."

The disorder has, unfortunately, made hospitals the family's second home.

"She's been in the hospital for 49 days, between Reading, Hershey, and CHOP," Grim said. "They have hospital bills. At this point, what will insurance cover or not cover?"

So, Grim is organizing a fundraiser at the Wyomissing Restaurant and Bakery.

"For the family, for the emotional help, in watching a community come together in such a rough time," Grim said.

On Sunday, September 23, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., the restaurant on Penn Avenue will serve up a buffet that includes chicken, pork, salad, pasta, dessert, and drinks.

For Hamid Chaudhry, the restaurant's owner, he's done many fundraisers in the past, but he said this one holds a special place in his heart when it comes to helping teachers.

"In my past life at the Dairy Queen, teachers put me on the map," Chaudry said. "I feel a duty to the teachers."

If the past is any indication, Chaudhry is hoping the community comes out once again to rally around someone in need.

"In the past, fundraisers have raised over $5,000, so we are hoping we can keep the tradition going," Chaudhry said.

Tickets cost $15 per person, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Grace's family.

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