Amos Hertzler was born with a rare condition in which the esophagus does not connect to the stomach.
But on May 2, the 6-year-old boy from Cattaraugus County underwent a successful surgery at Children's Hospital in Boston, Mass., to attach a piece of his small intestine to his esophagus. His parents are hopeful their son's feeding pump can soon be removed as he learns how to eat.
An auction to help the traditional Amish family with over $150,000 in medical bills begins at 9 a.m. July 8 at Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, 501 Erie St., Little Valley. Items to be auctioned include livestock, farm equipment, shop tools, furniture, quilts and lumber.
The benefit also features a pancake and sausage breakfast starting at 6 a.m., a live working sheepdog demonstration at 10 a.m. and horse-drawn wagon rides.