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Store to raise funds for mother

Community: Family hosts fundraiser to help pay for mounting medical costs due to aneurysm

Posted: April 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Imagine going to bed healthy and happy only to wake up the next morning a completely different person.

That’s what happened to Lisa Arakaki, mother of two, who suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm in November.

Since then, she’s undergone seven brain surgeries.

Arakaki, who worked 25 years as a bread vendor for the Oroweat Baking Company, suffers from a litany of brain injuries, including vision and speech impairment, short-term memory loss and partial paralysis.

Medical bills are wiping out her financial resources and those of her husband, Steve, who works as produce manager for the Albertsons store on Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus.

The couple has been married 17 years and have two children: a son, 15, and daughter, 10.

On Saturday and Sunday, a fundraiser to offset the medical costs for the Arakakis is being held at the store which features raffles, food and music.

Money raised at the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, goes to Arakaki and her family.

Arakaki is a patient at a nursing rehabilitation facility and is reportedly making progress with her treatment.

Her husband and children want to ensure she continues to receive the same high level of care.

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