Sydney Stone’s story has captivated the hearts of the East County community, which continues to support the Edna Hill Middle School student and her family. Sydney, 12, is plagued by a variety of debilitating symptoms, including tracheomalacia (weakness of the windpipe), cyclical vomiting syndrome and tachycardia (abnormally quick heart rate). Although some physicians suspect she suffers from mitochondrial disease, they have yet to confirm the diagnosis.
The tests she needs to be diagnosed costs thousands of dollars, which her insurance companies have refused to pay. The family was recently denied for the sixth time, so Sydney’s family has been collaborating with community organizations and local businesses to host fundraisers to get Sydney on the road to recovery.
“Lately Sydney has had more bad days than good days, but she’s a fighter,” said Debi Stone, Sydney’s mother. “She battles this with grace and a positive attitude. We’re so grateful for the community support. It’s been wonderful, and we’re looking forward to the barbecue. We hope to raise more awareness for mitochondrial disease.”
The cookoff and car show is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1185 Second St. in Brentwood. The event includes raffles, vendors’ booths, music, a live auction and delicious food.
There’s still time to sign up for the car show and the cookoff. Call Mike at 925-240-3160 for cookoff information, and Dave at 925-787-7919 for car show information.
To learn more about Sydney’s Journey, visit www.helpsydney.info.