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Poker Run aids three-month-old with rare metabolic disorder

A poker run scheduled for Saturday, July 13, seeks to raise funds for a threemonth-old girl, Laikley Jaymes Fisher, who was born with medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency, or MCADD. MCADD is a rare genetic condition that renders a person’s body unable to properly break down fat to use as energy.

A poker run is a poker contest where participants travel from one location to another collecting playing cards in an attempt to end the journey with cards that will give them a winning poker hand that will beat out other competitors. Players will pay $20 per participant. The event also offers chances to purchase shirts and take part in a silent auction.

Brooke Schmidt Fisher, Laikley’s mother, described the baby as having had a normal birth with no complications. However, upon taking the child home, she struggled with eating, was fussy, experienced trouble breathing, and would not sleep well. Upon taking the newborn to the doctor, it was discovered that she had lost 11% of her birthweight.

 

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