The family of 17 month old Aaliyah Tencza who was born with a rare form of dwarfism reached out to the I-Team after a vendor who was supposed to be major player in next week's fundraiser for the little girl suddenly dropped out of the event. The I-Team talked with the vendor, who used to run a Pierogi making business in Lackawanna County, who said he had to close his doors after personal and business issues. The vendor was very apologetic and said he would return checks and pre-event sales orders to the family. The fundraiser will be held at the Slocum Township Fire Department near Mountain Top next Saturday July 26th. Carole Tencza, Aaliyah's mother said, "There will be a carnival theme. There will be lots of food and games, pony rides and tricky trays." Tencza said her daughter was not expected to survive very long after she was born. She added, "She is a miracle baby and she is a fighter. She needs surgery to replace her hips and hopefully she will walk one day." The family says the cost of her medical care is a tough challenge and is hopeful the fundraiser will help pay for some of that care.
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