Friends Hold Fundraiser For Girl With Parasitic Meningitis

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BENTON, AR — A 12-year-old Benton girl with Parasitic Meningitis is in critical condition tonight at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Only two Americans have been known to survive the very rare illness that affects the brain, but Kali Hardig’s friends believe she’ll be number three.

This weekend they’re raising money to help the family with Kali’s mounting medical bills.

The kids call themselves Kali’s Krew.

They’re selling bracelets with that name in hot pink, which is Kali’s favorite color.

Also the number three is on the bracelets, because Kali’s friends say she’ll be the third person to beat Parasitic Meningitis.

The group also sold lemonade and treats and raised more than $3000 so far.

Sarah Beth Prickett said, “We try to have fun while we’re doing it and try to make people think of her and pray for her.”

Kali got sick last month.

Parasitic Meningitis is caused by a parasite that enters the body usually when a person goes swimming in warm freshwater places like rivers or lakes.

If you would like to buy a Kali’s Krew bracelet, the kids will be selling them again tomorrow outside the Shoe Carnival — on Alcoa Road in Benton — beginning at 11:00 a.m.

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