Fundraiser for Kimberly Simpson set for Memorial Day

Submitted by Cathy Bryant

CEDAR CITY—The 15th annual “Colleen and Kay Scott Memorial Day Foundation Fundraiser” will be held on Monday, May 28 in the Cedar City Main Street Park. Funtime Inflatable Rides, music, hot dogs, cotton candy, sno cones and games and activities for everyone begin at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m., along with lots of prizes to be given away.


Kimberly Simpson is the 14 year old daughter of Scott and Allison Simpson of Cedar City and is a student at Canyon View High School. Kimberly has been diagnosed with Chiari Malformation, which is a structural defects in the base of the skull and cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance. A small part of Kimberly’s lower brain was descending into her spinal canal, and this is squeezing the brain and blocking the flow of spinal fluid causing severe headaches, neck pain and dizziness. It has also caused Kimberly to have cognitive difficulties and struggles with breathing and sleeping as well as a lack of coordination. She has struggled with these problems for over a year and a half. The condition has become more and more debilitating overtime and has caused Kimberly to no longer be able to do any of the physical activities that she loves such as dancing and attending school. On April 9 she had a very costly decompression Surgery which involved cutting a hole in her lower skull to make more room and removing the brain sheath underneath. The sheath was replaced by a larger piece and the surgeon also removed her top vertebrae.


Any surgery is always costly and can have an emotional and financial burden on a family. This is our time as a community to come out and have some fun and give back to a family that needs support. This event is free to the public, however, we are accepting donations. Come and have some fun and open your wallets and give generously to this family to help Kimberly. All donations collected will go to Kimberly’s family to help with costly medical expenses.


In the afternoon there will be a candy cannon for the kids. We have had several gift certificates donated and will be given away throughout the day from Applebee’s Restaurant, 5 Buck Pizza, Starbucks, Papa Johns Pizza, Chili’s Restaurant, Costa Vida, MCO Tires and many more.


“The Colleen & Kay Scott Memorial Foundation Fundraiser” was started in 2004 by Rick and Cathy Bryant, who owns Funtime Inflatables when Cathy’s mother, Colleen Scott was undergoing treatments for cancer, and they raised nearly $1,000 that first year. Since that first year, the event has grown and several businesses have participated and helped sponsor this event. This year’s event is sponsored by Funtime Inflatables, KB Oil, Jenkins Oil, Zions Bank, Roger Olcott of Farmers Insurance, Mountain America Credit Union, King Ralph’s Kettle Korn, MCO Tires, State Bank of Southern Utah, Wendy’s Restaurant, Applebee’s, Lin’s Marketplace and many other area businesses.


Any volunteers who would love to give of themselves–we will be starting to setup at 8:30 a.m. on May 28, and we would love to have you there. If you would like more information, call 435-531-9327 or 435-531-9368.

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