The public is invited to the “Cooking for Grace” Jambalaya Cook-Off for the bilateral glaucoma cause, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Hooters’ parking lot, 254 Range 12 Boulevard, Denham Springs. The charity event, hosted by Swamp Box cafe and Hooters of Denham Springs, aims to raise money for 13-year-old Grace Lanier and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Grace’s situation is somewhat rare, and the cost for treating it is very high, according to a news release.
At 8 weeks old, Grace was diagnosed with bilateral glaucoma. Grace has had 12 surgeries and undergone nonstop vision therapy, the release said. Some of the surgeries have been successful but provide only temporary relief. One of the surgeries was a lens transplant.
“That surgery was a success, and Grace was finally able to see almost like everyone else, but after a year of wonderful vision, the lens slipped. When her surgeon went in to stitch the lens back into place, the lens broke,” said Grace’s mom, Margaret Lindsey. “Grace is such a strong individual and has been a trooper throughout all of this. She is an inspiration and is excited that people are rallying around her to help fund research to find a cure for pediatric glaucoma.”
The event is open to the public, but there is a $10 fee to sample all of the entries. The proceeds will go to Grace Lanier and AAPOS. Raffle winners will receive prizes, including tickets to Taste of Tiger Tailgating.