DRIVE held the “No Fear, All Cheer!” fundraiser on May 31, 2019, at Danny J’s Brick Tavern in Downtown Utica to help support a special little girl named Lola. The event was attended by over 220 people, and included private donations (matched by DRIVE), raffles, letters to Lola, and more. The DRIVE Foundation and Danny J’s were proud sponsors of the event. The successful fundraiser will help Lola’s family cover some of their mounting medical and family expenses while her parents are caring for her.
Lola Pinard is a sweet 6-year-old girl from Westland, Michigan, who was diagnosed with kidney disease at age 2. For the last 4 years, the family has been traveling to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital every 3 months for doctor visits. In October 2018, Lola started peritoneal dialysis, and began going once a month for treatment. It was known that she had some heart complications due to end stage renal disease. In April of 2019, it was discovered that she was in heart failure and was admitted to the CICU. While there, Lola received hemodialysis every day along with her IV medications. The hope is that this treatment helps her to regain heart function and avoid a heart transplant on top of her already necessary kidney transplant. At the end of May, the family was fortunate to receive a generous donation of a private aircraft and was able to transfer Lola to the University of Michigan hospital, allowing her to be closer to family to continue her treatment.