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‘No-Shave’ money to help teen

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP– Goshen Police District officers in November will be using the “No-Shave November” activity and using the proceeds to benefit an area teen suffering from a rare disorder.

And they are inviting the public to participate.

“No-Shave November” is an annual activity in which officers grow their facial hair to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research and providing free information and services to cancer patients and their caregivers. However, the Goshen officers will instead participate to raise awareness of PANDAS Disease.

Officers and community members can donate a minimum of $20 to grow neatly trimmed beards or goatees or to support the cause. Donations can be made to desk officer Katie Osberg in the front office of the administration building, 14003 W. South Range Road (state Route 165), Salem.

The proceeds will be forwarded to the family of 14-year-old Ella Golden, diagnosed in January with the rare disorder. PANDAS Disease is a pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcus. The infection causes swelling on the brain. PANDAS causes severe anxiety, OCD, physical tics, verbal tics, depression, eating disorders, separation anxiety, rages and more. Each case is different and can exhibit different symptoms.

According to a press release issued by the police department, “before her diagnosis Ella was a four-sport athlete, always on the go with many friends, up at the crack of dawn ready for absolutely anything!” In September 2018 she contracted strep and soon after started having severe anxiety, OCD, depression, panic attacks, physical and verbal tics, and was unable to function on a daily basis. Her extreme anxiety has now caused agoraphobia (fear of leaving one’s home) and she has not been to school since December 2018.

The press release explains Ella has a specialist in Cleveland and needs multiple treatments called IVIG, which costs $15,000 apiece and are not covered by insurance.

For information or to make a donation, call Osberg at 330-332-1235 or stop by the front office at the administration building.

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