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More benefits for 5-year-old undergoing chemo

May 5, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - Three more fundraisers are planned to help the family of young Mason Stanton pay for mounting hospital bills.

The 5-year-old Saranac Lake boy is undergoing chemotherapy for Langerhans cell histiocytosis, a rare disease caused by a proliferation of abnormal cells. A baseball-sized tumor near the top of his leg has forced him to miss pre-kindergarten classes and has kept his mother, Allison Zerrahn, from going to work.

Businesses, local artisans and others have been helping Zerrahn with medical costs through various fundraisers. A trust account in Mason's name has been established at the Tri-Lakes Federal Credit Union, where Zerrahn works, so people can make donations.

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Mason Stanton, right, is undergoing chemotherapy for a tumor near the top of his leg. His mother, Allison Zerrahn, hasn’t been able to work since her son was diagnosed with Langerhans cell histiocytosis.
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On Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., Kristin Parker will host a photo shoot fundraiser at the Riverside Park in downtown Saranac Lake. Parker said she will offer her photography services for couples, children, seniors, pets, prom dates, engagements and "just about anything." Fifteen-minute sessions cost $30, and the "majority of the fee" will go to the Zerrahn and Stanton families.

To book a time, call Parker at 518-527-8842. Parker asked that anyone who signs up arrive 15 minutes early to be ready to start on time. She encouraged people to bring props, balloons, blankets, toys, bubbles or "anything that you want to use for the pictures."

Meanwhile, Tri-Lakes Federal Credit Union CEO Barbara Kourofsky said the credit union will hold a "Petals for Mason" fundraiser Wednesday through Friday.

"We will have 100 potted pansies, in time for Mother's Day, that will be handed out with each donation," Kourofsky said. "The Hhott House (plant nursery) is working with us. Also, we now have several framed pictures taken by local photographers that will be raffled on Friday."

Later this month, Placid Planet Bicycles in Lake Placid will hold its Century bike ride, and all proceeds will be donated to the Zerrahn and Stanton families. The fee to enter is $40 before May 23 and $45 after. The event starts at 8 a.m. May 27 with 100- and 50-mile courses starting at Fitness Revolution. The routes have not yet been determined due to planned road work throughout the Lake Placid area. There will be a barbecue after the race. For more information, call Placid Planet at 518-523-4128 or Fitness Revolution at 518-523-4127.


Contact Chris Morris at 518-891-2600 ext. 25 or



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