Benefit show, blood drive to be held for Westborough High student Corinne Sciarappa

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Corinne Sciarappa. File photo

Westborough – Two upcoming events have been planned as fundraisers for 16-year-old Corinne Sciarappa, a Westborough High School sophomore who has been fighting a rare form of childhood cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma, for the past two years.

A benefit show, “Get Your Lavender on for Corinne,” will be held Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 64 W. Main St., Westborough. The show will feature entertainment for all ages, including live music, a cappella groups, dance and improv. Performers include groups from Westborough High School, Luanne Crosby, Lynn Jolicoeur, the Pulse and Indian dance. Guests are asked to wear tie dye or lavender (the universal cancer color). Tickets: $20 for adults; $15 for kids/students; $50 family. Go to Facebook for tickets at Benefit Show for Corrine, or buy tickets at the door. Donations are also gratefully accepted for the Sciarappa Family Fund. Contact [email protected] for details.

On Saturday, May 13, there will be a blood drive in honor of Corinne at the Congregational Church of Westborough, 57 W. Main St., from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Over the past two years, Corinne has received over 140 units of red cells and platelets. Her most recent round of treatment has required four units of red cells and three units of platelets. She may need additional blood transfusions in the months ahead.

So far, the Red Cross has collected 550 blood donations at blood drives in honor of Corinne. This is an inspiring show of support, and these donations can help 1,650 patients in need. Patients like Corinne rely on the generosity of blood donors, and every pint makes a real difference. As a special thank you, all presenting donors at this event can enter to win a pair of Red Sox tickets and be honored at Fenway Park as the Blood Donor of the Game.

Appointments are highly recommended by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or visiting www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “Corinne.”