Benefit held in memory of EEE victim
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OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. -- The family of a young girl who died after contracting EEE works to inform families about how they can protect themselves.
Relatives of Maggie Sue Glenister Wilcox held a benefit in her honor Saturday. She was just four-years-old when she died of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in 2011. The disease is spread by mosquitoes.
People who attended could buy raffle tickets, baked goods, and mementos in honor of Maggie Sue. Her aunt says the main goal is to inform people that though the disease may be rare in humans its devastating effects are very real.
"We didn't know that there wasn't a cure or any treatment at all. We've lost her, so we need to make sure that all of what she was lives on, in everything that we do all the time, and we want to share that. We want people to know her," said Donna Wilcox, Maggie Sue's Aunt.
All proceeds from the benefit will go to the MSGW Foundation started in Maggie Sue's name. The ultimate goal is to find a human cure for EEE.