COLONIA — Bad Girls Good Deeds, an organization whose mission is to assist those who fall between the proverbial cracks of receiving assistance from other entities, will hold a fundraiser event, “Dine for the Spine,” to benefit a local resident, Cheryl Commarato on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 from 7–11 p.m. at the Colonia Country Club, 300 Colonia Boulevard in Colonia.
The event will feature a special Posche fashion show hosted by Kim DePaola from The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Step It Up Events and Brett’s Fire Photos Photography. Participants will enjoy door prizes, a cocktail hour reception, sit down dinner, DJ, dancing, an alcohol beverage ticket and MORE!
Commarato is a single mother of a 14-year old son. She developed scoliosis after an accident at age 16 required her to have surgery done on her spine. Even with her spine partially fused, she attended school for three years to become a dental hygienist. Upon graduating in 1992, Commarato was able to support herself and her future family.
Unfortunately, her conditioned worsened and Commarato required a second surgery to repair damage to her spine caused by extra wear and tear on her vertebrae below her original fusion. She is currently fused from T3 to S1, between her upper shoulder blades to almost the base of her spine. She has metal rods and cages along with seven screws supporting her spine along with Infuse, a bone graft substitute.
Shortly after the second surgery, Commarato developed Failed Back Syndrome, FBS for short. The main symptom of FBS is chronic pain along with parathesia/numbness which causes painful burning in her right leg and arm. She is presently scheduled to have another surgery on her neck to repair three broken neck vertebrae. Due to the chronic pain, she is no longer able to work to support her son and herself and is surviving on child support and the goodness of family and friends.
Commarato has applied for Social Security Disability, a process that can take up to 24 months. Without a steady source of income, she is unable to make necessary home repairs and it’s been impossible to pay the mortgage, food, utilities, medication and clothing for her growing son.
Tickets are $100 per person and must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets and to learn more about Commarato’s story, visit www.badgirlsgooddeeds.com. Proceeds raised will be used to do much needed electrical repair on Commarato’s home and car due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, purchase a handicapped ramp so she may go outside alone and her living and medical expenses.
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