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Community plans new home for Corfu girl with rare bone disorder

The community is coming together to build an accessible home for a Corfu girl with a rare bone disorder.

Audrina Peterson, 6, who had eight surgeries by the time she was 5, has Ollier’s disease and a rare condition called Maffucci syndrome, resulting in severe deformities and tumors that make even the simplest tasks difficult or impossible.

It is expected that her condition will continue to worsen, and she will continue to need surgeries – and living arrangements – to accommodate her special needs.

Friends and family reached out for help, and fundraisers have raised about $250,000 for a van to accommodate her wheelchair, and for a new accessible house. Last September the Christian Youth Corps in Delevan, N.Y., was contacted because of their past involvement in large-scale community projects.

“When we heard about little Audrina, we had to meet the family, and once we had we couldn’t help but lend our efforts,” said Pete Andrews, founder and director of the Christian Youth Corps. “She is the most energetic sweetheart you’d ever want to meet.”

After plans took shape over the winter, groundbreaking will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the building site at 9247 Lake Road, Corfu.

To help in construction or make a donation, contact Andrews at 353-8744, email at cyc@christianyouthcoprs.org, or visit the Facebook page, Building an Accessible Home for Audrina.