Haunt to benefit local transplant fund

NEW BERLIN – All sightseers including trick-or-treaters are invited to the annual Roushville Yard Haunt at 605 Spangler St., just above the New Berlin Elementary School. The Roush family has been holding this event for the past 16 years and it’s considered “the house” for Halloween. There’s a full yard and garage display that includes skeletons, witches, and a variety of monsters.

“We’re open for viewing Oct. 28 to the 31,” Kelly Roush said, “and trick or treaters can stop from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 31. “We have a lot of displays and we’re very family friendly. There aren’t any actors jumping out to scare people.”

This year the Roush family is partnering with Pennsylvania Cystic Fibrosis Inc. (PACFI), and all proceeds from the event will go to the Save Chris Transplant Fund. Chris is a local young woman who has cystic fibrosis (CF) and diabetes. She’s been on the lung transplant list at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for several months and she was previously rushed to Pittsburgh to receive her new lungs only to find that the new lungs could not be transplanted due to an infection.

Chris worked all her life until her health declined and now she works part-time when able.

PACFI already has donated $1,000 to her transplant fund, and the organization will send all proceeds to the fund to help with expenses.

The average lung transplant costs about $650,000, and most insurance plans will cover about 80 percent of that, leaving the family to pay the remaining 20 percent, or about $130,000.

“This Halloween season we ask that if you come to see our display, please place a donation in the container provided,” Roush said. “It might be guarded by a witch, but she’s friendly, so please stop in if you dare.”

The first 15 donors will receive a special gift.

For those unable to attend the haunt but want to donate, send a check to the Save Chris Transplant Fund, c/o The Mifflinburg Bank and Trust Co., 250 E. Chestnut St., Mifflinburg, PA 17844.

PACFI is an independent, nonprofit, all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization that provides services and supports for PA citizens affected by CF and annually funds some of the most progressive CF research in the nation.