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Nashua Uno Pizzeria fundraiser to aid Hudson girl with cancer

NASHUA – The manager of a Nashua pizza restaurant is the latest to join the groundswell of support for 12-year-old McKenzie Lowe, the Hudson girl battling an aggressive brain cancer called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.

Sean Lavery, managing partner at Uno Pizzeria & Grill, 593 Amherst St., has devoted Thursday to a fundraiser for the girl, featuring a silent raffle, performances by several Granite Statesmen quartets and other attractions. Also, 20 percent of all purchases made at the restaurant that day will go to the Friends of McKenzie Lowe Fund, set up more than a year ago to help the family cope with expenses related to her treatment. ...

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NASHUA – The manager of a Nashua pizza restaurant is the latest to join the groundswell of support for 12-year-old McKenzie Lowe, the Hudson girl battling an aggressive brain cancer called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.

Sean Lavery, managing partner at Uno Pizzeria & Grill, 593 Amherst St., has devoted Thursday to a fundraiser for the girl, featuring a silent raffle, performances by several Granite Statesmen quartets and other attractions. Also, 20 percent of all purchases made at the restaurant that day will go to the Friends of McKenzie Lowe Fund, set up more than a year ago to help the family cope with expenses related to her treatment.

McKenzie’s grandfather, Frank LaFountain, said this week that McKenzie plans to visit the restaurant at some point during the day or evening. The fundraiser runs from open to close, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

The newest fundraiser comes as the family continues to circulate petitions in an attempt to convince the U.S. government and the Federal Drug Administration to grant McKenzie access to a drug called “antineoplastons,” which was developed years ago by controversial Texas physician Dr. Stanislaw R. Burzynski.

The FDA recently banned the drug, prompted in large part by Burzynski’s 1995 indictment on multiple charges stemming from allegations he violated the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

While a fairly significant number of people praise Burzynski’s work, including some who said they were cancer free for years after treatments involving his antineoplastons, plenty of skeptics paint Burzynski as a fraud who cruelly takes financial and emotional advantage of cancer patients and their families.

Shortly after the petition, which needs 100,000 signatures before authorities will consider the matter, was started last fall, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., appealed to the FDA on behalf of McKenzie and her family.

“The Lowes are fighting for their terminally ill little girl, and they deserve the right to explore treatment options that may help her continue to fight her cancer,” Ayotte wrote to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg. “I would hope the FDA would not stand in the way when no other treatment options are available for an already terminally ill child.”

Anyone who wishes to contribute can visit the restaurant at 593 Amherst St. or send donations to Friends of McKenzie Lowe fund, DCU Credit Union, 257 Lowell Road, Hudson NH 03051.

To view and sign the online petition, visit www.change.org and enter “McKenzie Lowe” in the search field.

Donation information also is also listed on the Facebook page Friends of McKenzie Lowe.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS).