Local artisans and craft vendors are banding together to help a local woman in need of a life-saving operation.
More than 50 groups will sell their wares from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Gathering Place, 1495 W. Main St., Greenwood. Everything from oil paintings to handmade soaps to handbags will be available, with proceeds going to support Jessica Jones.
Jones, a 23-year-old Morgantown woman, suffers from adhesion related disorder. The condition causes her body to produce an abundance of scar tissue in her abdomen.
The scar tissue twists and strangles her organs. She’s already suffered a life-threatening tear of her bladder, and other injuries likely will occur in the future, she said.
Doctors have told her there is very little they can do to help her. But Jones has been in contact with a doctor in Chicago, Dr. Consantine Frantzides, who specializes in adhesions. Frantzides has agreed to take her on as a patient and work to remedy the scar tissue issues she’s having.
But because the procedure is experimental, insurance will not cover it, Jones said. She is working to raise the $10,000 needed to get the surgery.
To help her, friends and family have organized the craft fair. All the money raised from booth rental will go to Jones’ fund, and donations will be accepted as well. Some vendors have pledged all of their own proceeds to go toward the surgery.
For more information on the fair, visit facebook.com/Adhersionsurgery