A fundraiser for Asher Frachiseur, 5-year-old son of Tyler and Kimberly Frachiseur of De Queen, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Cossatot Adam’s building. The meal includes a chicken sandwich, chips and water and is available for $5. You can pre-order by calling Dana at the Sevier County Extension Office, 870-584-3013 or email your order to Deliveries will be made to De Queen businesses if you order at least five meals.

Asher was born with Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a chronic, immune/allergic inflammatory disease of the esophagus. After too many eosinophils collect in the esophagus, eosinophils will begin moving to other parts of the body, such as lungs, blood stream, kidneys, etc. With EoE, eosinophils will attack healthy tissues, causing irreversible damage. This damage may cause pain in joints, eating difficulty, poor growth, chronic pain, along with other issues.

Asher just had his 16th surgery. Since there is no cure yet, he will continue to have surgeries throughout his life. Surgeries are used to monitor damage, and to biopsy in order to count the number of eosinophils. The perfect number is 0, Asher’s lowest biopsy has been 45 when he was 3.

An account for Asher has been set up at First State Bank, Asher Frachiseur Fundraiser, P.O. Box 970, De Queen, AR 71832.

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