Volunteers are holding a carnival and chinese auction this Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the South Ward Playground, corner of Penn and Oak sts., in Tamaqua on behalf of the C&S Patient Education Foundation.

The event, organized by Rayne's Brain Team, will consist of a mini-carnival, chinese auction, bounce house, Bingo, as well as numerous other fun activities, foods and activities for all ages.

C&S Patient Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the experiences and outcomes of Chiari and Syringomyelia patients through education, awareness and research. Part of the mission for the foundation is to raise awareness amongst family, friends and the general public so that they can understand what patients are going through and are better able to provide support.

Volunteers pointed out that one other way they (Rayne's Brain Team) support the program is by participating in a walk each year in September called the Conquer Chiari Walk Across America. This year, it will be held on Sept. 22 in Media. Individuals form teams and register to walk the day of the event.

Prior to the event the teams hold fundraisers to raise money. Proceeds from the team fundraisers go to the the foundation the day of the walk. For more information about that event, go to http://www.conquerchiari.org.

"Until April of last year, I was a person who knew nothing about the C&S Patient Education Foundation," said organizer Julie Leopard of Tamaqua. "I was introduced to the foundation when my four year old daughter, Rayne, was diagnosed with Chiari and six months later had brain surgery. After such an experience I am dedicated to raising awareness for Chiari and Syringomyelia."

The event's rain date will be the following day, Sunday, Aug. 19, at the same times. For more information about the event or to offer donations, visit the event or Leopard on Facebook or via (570) 573-2684.