From June 1 through June 30, one of the Toledo-Area’s favorite Mexican restaurants, Loma Linda, will celebrate progeria ambassador, Carly Kudzia.
Carly Kudzia, 5, was diagnosed with progeria, an accelerated aging disease, in April 2011. Her condition is extremely rare. Carly is one of only 17 known cases in the US, and the second in the Toledo area. There are currently 103 children known to be living with progeria worldwide.
“The Kudzias are a very important part of the Loma Linda’s family. Ryan and Heather have been bringing Carly in regularly since she was a baby. We just love her, she has inspired so many people – adults and kids alike. This will be a fun way to generate awareness of progeria and other rare diseases while making Carly feel special and reminding her how much she is loved at the same time,” said Jeanie Kunzer, Loma Linda owner.
On Wednesdays during Carly Month, Loma Linda will donate proceeds from the kids menu to Carly Cares and raffle off gift cards and Team Carly-Q merchandise. Carly will be in the dining room every Wednesday evening to mingle with patrons and Pattrick Przysiecki the Magician will also be on hand every Wednesday to entertain the crowd.
Carly Cares is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support children and families suffering from rare diseases including progeria, and the medical researchers who fight these diseases.
Additional funds will be generated at Loma Linda during Carly Month through the sale of Carly bracelets, t-shirts and koozies in preparation for Carly Cares’ signature event: Carly’s Party – for the Cure, which will take place Sept. 23 at the Pinnacle in Maumee.
Loma Linda is located at 10400 Airport Highway. It was the first Toledo-area Mexican restaurant when it opened, and continues the fine tradition to this day. To learn more about Carly please visit www.CarlyCares.org