PARKERSBURG - A fundraiser is being held Friday night at Emmanuel Baptist Church to help the family of 4-year-old Joe Higgins of Washington, W.Va., with his medical expenses.
Joe, the son of Jimmy and Missy Higgins, has been diagnosed with Bruton's Agammaglobulinemia, a life-threatening condition of the immune system that requires monthly treatments for the rest of his life. Treatments cost $8,000.
The Go 4 Joe Summer Cook Out will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1710 23rd St. in Parkersburg. There will be hot dogs, pop, desserts, raffle items and a silent auction.
Tickets for $5 will be available at the door. Liz Ford can be contacted for tickets at 740-538-4152.
Joe was diagnosed with not having any immunoglobulin, or antibodies, to break down germs. This is a rare occurrence, happening in one of every 200,000 people.
Joe had high fevers and pneumonia from the condition last year, his mother said.
The Higgins family had been going to Duke University for Joe's treatments and is now going to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.
Human plasma is used in Joe's treatments to boost his defense against infections.
Missy said the family appreciates all the support and prayers from area residents.
Anyone wanting to make a direct donation to Joe's medical treatments can do so at Williamstown National Bank in the name of Joseph R. Higgins.