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2013-07-11 / Living

Community holds benefit for mother and autistic son

BY JOHN MCKEOWN
810-452-2652 • jmckeown@mihomepaper.com


Lisa Sain with her son Preston. Preston has severe autism, and a benefit will be put on Aug. 4 to raise money for him and his mother. 
Photo provided Lisa Sain with her son Preston. Preston has severe autism, and a benefit will be put on Aug. 4 to raise money for him and his mother. Photo provided GENESEE COUNTY — On Aug. 4, a benefit is scheduled at Sharky’s for widow Lisa Sain and her son Preston.

The pair have been struggling financially, as Preston is autistic and requires Lisa’s constant care. People are encouraged to donate, participate in the raffles or silent auctions, or otherwise do anything they can to help this family.

Preston’s autism, according to his family, is extremely severe. He is non-verbal, and can have meltdowns where he is destructive and has substantial physical strength. It’s a constant battle for Lisa and her family to get Preston the care he needs while ensuring no one gets hurt.

“We literally live day-by-day,” said Sherry Legue, Lisa’s mother and someone who helps take care of Preston. She said that it became worse when she got sick last August and couldn’t help her daughter with Preston as regularly.

The benefit came about when Angela Boyce, the event coordinator and a hairstylist at Spa Rodzina, was originally looking to adopt a local family. She had been asking around online about potential causes when she came across Lisa’s blog detailing her day-to-day life with Preston.

She was moved by it, and contacted Sain before taking up donations for her.

“I just felt like I wanted to help somebody in need out,” said Boyce. “And especially being a single mother, I can’t imagine her, what she goes through every day.”

Boyce said she has already raised $7,000 for

Sain through the online fundraiser and donations alone. With the benefit she wants to bring that number close to $15,000.

The benefit will feature three live bands, food, a raffle, and a silent auction. Local businesses have donated all of the prizes and auction items, among them coach purses, and gift baskets containing various items like assorted beers. There are even two tickets to a Detroit Tigers game and a signed Detroit Red Wings picture to be raffled off.

“I can’t believe how the community actually had pulled together and helped,” said Boyce.

Boyce said Lisa hopes to use the money to refurbish her house, potentially find care for Preston, and build a trust fund for her son.

Lisa’s grandparents will also be holding a garage sale, with the benefits going to Lisa. The garage sale will be on Aug. 8-10, at 1458 Iva Street in Burton.

To get information about the event, contact Angela Boyce at 810-701-6768. Tickets are $15, and includes the food provided. Tickets can be purchased at the door, but it’s preferred they are purchased ahead of time at Spa Rodzina. The event will be from 2-6 p.m. on Aug. 4 at Sharky’s on 4050 South Center Road in Burton.

To read Lisa Sain's blog, visit lisasain.wordpress.com.

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