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TOWNSEND — A benefit to aid the Colon family, whose twin girls Bianca and Brianna were born with a life-threatening disease and birth defect, will be held on Friday, May 12, at VFW Post 662 on Plain Street in Lowell, from 7 to 11 p.m. The VFW Post is just off the Lowell Connector from Interstate 495.

The twins, who are now one year old, have been almost continuously hospitalized since birth. They suffer from a rare disease called Praydor-Willy Syndrome which causes multiple problems including chronic lung disease and poor muscle control. The twins also have a birth defect called a hemi-elevated diaphragm, which complicates breathing, forcing the twins to be continuously on oxygen to breath. The babies also require feeding tubes.

The family, along with the twins’ three sisters ranging in age from 5 to 13, is badly in need of a functional car, as well as money for gas and other necessities. Tickets to the benefit, which will feature a D.J. from Crystal Entertainment along with a 50/50 raffle and other activities, are $10. To purchase a ticket or make a donation, please contact Michelle Dold at (978) 490-0705 or (978) 597-6461 or Kim Beaudin at (978) 658-0773 or (978) 808-2336, or send a check to the Colon Family c/o Michelle Dold P.O. Box 654, Townsend, MA 01469.