'Spring Fling,' Ed Port fundraiser set Thursday in Boardman

BOARDMAN — On Thursday, Mr. Darby’s Emporium, 8574 Market St. will celebrate “Spring Fling 2018” and a fundraiser for Ed Port of Austintown from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Port has been suffering since his youth with Type 1 Neurofibronatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form in the brain, spinal cord, nerves and skin. After the first surgery, his insurance costs jumped up more than 100 percent and he just could not afford another surgery.

Mr. Darby’s and all 107 vendors are stepping forward and they hope with the help of their loyal customers they will make a difference.

The store will be collecting new and slightly used shoes for “funds2org” a group that helps organizations collect shoes and buys them for shipment to Third World nations. The event also includes other activities including offering special discounts and free hors d’oeuvres, wine and drinks.

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