Discount Vac and Sew in Kennewick is collecting donations of good cotton quilting fabrics or quilting supplies for a fundraiser Oct. 6 to benefit the Parsons family.
Lenne Parsons of Kennewick soon will give birth to a baby with a birth defect called gastroschisis, which means her unborn baby has a hole in its abdomen that has allowed its intestines to protrude from its belly.
Gastroschisis occurs in about 1,900 babies born each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The baby is scheduled to be delivered by cesarean section Thursday in Seattle, then immediately taken to Seattle Children's Hospital for surgery.
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Parsons is expected to have about a weeklong hospital stay, and the baby could be hospitalized for up to five months.
The event is raising money to cover travel expenses and any portion of medical costs not covered by insurance.
Discount Vac and Sew is participating in a stash sale at White Bluffs Quilt Museum, with all proceeds from the shop's table to be donated to the family.
Quilting materials and supplies can be left at the shop at 119 W. First Ave..
The family also has an account at Numerica Credit Union under the name " Baby Parsons Fundraiser Account."