Hadley Mercer | Photo courtesy of Bone Marrow
Hadley Mercer | Photo courtesy of The Bone Marrow Foundation

Hadley Mercer was diagnosed with high-risk acute myeloid leukemia when she was 6 months old.

On Saturday, June 21, Louisville Geek will host a block party-benefit for Mercer, now 1. The benefit will take place at St. Matthews Station, at 3900 Shelbyville Road, from 4-8 p.m.

Mercer endured several rounds of chemotherapy and recently underwent a life-saving bone-marrow transplant. But all these procedures have exacted a heavy toll on the Mercer family, which includes two other school-aged girls. According to the statement from Louisville Geek, “Their lives have been shaken and their family displaced as Hadley receives care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.” The family are St. Matthews natives.

Mercer’s plight garnered the attention of Academy Award-winning actress and Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence, whose namesake foundation raised the signal that Mercer needed a bone-marrow match.

Lawrence included this personal plea on her foundation’s page: “I had the opportunity to meet sweet Hadley over the Holidays! She and her family are good friends of my family. She is a remarkable little girl and has been through so much already in her young life. I encourage you to please take part in the Be the Match this coming Sunday! The Cure starts with You!”

Other businesses participating in the fundraiser include: BBC, Tin Roof, imgresMolly Malones, Saints and Mellow Mushroom.

There will also be a silent auction with prizes, including: golf for four at Valhalla, a private box at Churchill Downs for night racing, and a three-piece set of pearls from Davis Jewelers.

Proceeds from ticket sales, the silent auction, and a percentage of sales from the restaurants that participate will go directly to the family.

There will also be entertainment from two bands: Danny Flanigan and the Rain Chorus, and Slow Charleston.

Tickets are $50, which include access to silent auctions, the two bands, and vouchers (one food, and two drink) that can be redeemed at participating venues.

For more information and to register go to: http://lougeek.com/blockparty.

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David Serchuk
David Serchuk is a staff writer at Insider Louisville. He is a former editor at Forbes.com, and an ex-reporter at Forbes magazine. He's written for NPR, CNBC.com, New York, Pittsburgh, Louisville and other publications named for places. He enjoys writing about business, music and other things as well.

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