BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – This Saturday beginning at 2 p.m., a fundraiser will be held for 6-year-old Hannah Tringhese, a kindergarten student at Struthers Elementary School.
The spaghetti dinner is a way to help her family pay the mounting expenses for her brain cancer treatment. It will be held at the Greenbrier Healthcare Center on South Avenue.
Heather Fronk, Mrs. Ohio 2016, is volunteering to be a spokesperson for Tringhese and the benefit dinner. Fronk said Tringhese is currently in treatment.
“As with anyone who’s undergoing treatment for cancer, there are numerous expenses to that and if we can lighten that burden a little bit, while bringing awareness itself, which is one of Hannah’s missions, is to bring awareness to this type of cancer,” Fronk said. “As Mrs. Ohio, one of my missions of course is to bring awareness to these causes, and pediatric cancer is one that I’ve had the blessing of getting to know a lot of stories, a lot of people reaching out just to have their child or their family member a part of our conversation.”
Fronk went into more detail about how she and Tringhese are raising awareness.
“She’s known for her purple glasses, and so you’ll see different T-shirts around town. The Struthers Wildcat girls, they’ve been good about promoting that as well. And so, she wants to lighten that load a little bit for others with what she’s experienced,” Fronk said. “So we’re trying to figure out a way. Her wheels are turning on how she can coordinate those purple glasses to this specific cause in cancer.”
The spaghetti dinner runs until 6 p.m. Tickets for adults cost $8 and for children under 12 they cost $5. Music, a DJ and an auction will be available, people can eat-in or carry-out.