Local girl fighting an antibiotic-resistant infection

— Parishioners at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church will gather Saturday afternoon to help out one of their own, the young and lovely Sarah Wansart who faces a lengthy recovery after being hospitalized with a serious MRSA infection.

The daughter of St. Joe’s parish council member Jane Wansart, Sarah has been hospitalized for more than a month after developing complications.

“Like her mother, Sarah is an energetic and compassionate person dedicated to serving others,” noted the parish music director, Eileen Brody. Besides serving on the parish council, Jane Wansart sings in the church choir under Brody’s leadership.

St. Joe’s will host a benefit from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Parish Center, 1001 Tulip St. at the corner of Sixth Street. The fundraiser will help the Wansart family defray medical costs.

“We’ve been supporting Sarah with our prayers,” Brody said, “and now we can support her and her family in this manner as she faces the enormous costs of a serious illness.” The benefit will feature food, entertainment, raffles a silent auction and activities for children.

Admission will cost $20 in advance, or $25 at the door, $10 for kids ages 4 through 12 while children age 3 and younger get in free. For information, call Peggy Bass at 558-1399 or Brody at 457-6060.

MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in humans. MRSA is frustratingly resistant to antibiotics. Sarah Wansart’s illness was further complicated by pulmonary embolisms, serious blockages of both lungs that routinely lead to chest pains, difficulty breathing, palpitations and a rapid heart rate.

No matter what novelist Thomas Wolfe so famously wrote, award-winning West Coast musician Chuck Schiele has learned you can go home again.

A graduate of North Syracuse High School, Schiele attended San Diego State University to study fine art, graphic design, marketing and music production. The talented guitarist ended up learning how to market his own music career, and he earned two San Diego Music Awards after being nominated several times from 2003 to 2010.

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