AS YOU prepare you settle down in front of the TV for an afternoon of footy or movie watching today, consider ordering a pizza to help a young local girl.
Tori Bowd is just ten years old, but has spent more time inside hospitals than most adults, due to a rare blood disorder.
The cheeky Upper Coomera youngster suffers from sideroblastic anaemia, a condition so rare, there are only two known cases in Australia and about 500 around the world.
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Tori has to have a blood transfusion every four to six weeks which takes around six hours and causes her to miss weeks of schooling.
Tori’s story has touched the hearts of Eagle Boys franchisees, with eight Gold Coast pizza stores staging a charity event today to help fund a bone marrow transplant that could save her life.
Without this transplant, Tori’s organs will shut down.
The Eagle Boys Happiness Fund aims to cover income for the family, travel costs and living expenses when they have to spend six months in the hospital for Tori’s treatment.
The fundraiser will be held at the Mudgeeraba store from midday to 3pm today and will feature a giant bouncy castle, face painting, dancers, a DJ, free pizza and giveaways.
Plus, there’ll be a charity auction including excellent prizes of a weekend at Peppers on Broadbeach and a $700 photography voucher and Mayor Tom Tate will be on hand to kick it off.
Other Eagle Boys stores participating are Southport, Tweed Heads South, Mermaid Waters, Ashmore, Murwillumbah, Nerang and Burleigh Waters.
For every pizza sold in Gold Coast stores tonight, the Happiness Fund will donate $1. You can place phone orders via 13 14133 or go online.