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Craft show to benefit baby with heart defect on Sun.

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    Special to the Times News Jill Cipko holds her daughter Emma, who suffers from a congenital heart disease and required surgery in her first few weeks of life.
Published May 02. 2012 05:01PM

On Sunday, the Hometown Fire Company and friends will be hosting a benefit vendor and craft show to benefit baby Emma Hope Cipko's medical fund.

Emma Hope Cipko was born January 13 and is the daughter of Brian and Jill (Rice) Cipko who were born and raised in the Tamaqua area. Emma was born with a heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot, which required open heart surgery shortly after her birth at the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia. The surgery involved installing an artificial pulmonary valve and artery in her heart. In addition, Emma was diagnosed with significant hearing loss and is currently being fit for hearing aids. The infant hearing aids are required to be fitted monthly as Emma. She will also need several more open-heart surgeries to replace the artificial valve as she grows. Family members mentioned that Emma's doctors are hoping that this valve continues to function properly until at least the age of 6.

Emma Hope Cipko is the granddaughter of Linda Rice, Jack and Johanna Rice and Marion and Dave Cipko.

Margaret Schock and fellow supporters is sponsoring this benefit to help with the ongoing medical expenses not covered by their insurance plan. Some of the vendors attending are Thirty-One, Lia Sophia, Silpada, Cookie-Lee, Tupperware, Pink Zebra, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Longaberger, Avon, Premier Jewelry, Willowtree, Mary Kay and more.

The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hometown Fire Company.

If you would be interested in renting a table or donating food or a basket for the raffle, please contact Schock at (570) 778-4774 or via Facebook. All the proceeds from the table rental fees, food, and basket raffle will go towards Emma Hope Cipko's incurring medical expenses. The benefit will also consist of a basket raffle.

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