CARVER – It’s positive news for Lindsay Briggs back home in Carver where friends are hosting a fundraiser for her this weekend.

Lindsay and her mother, Katie, returned home Saturday, June 8, from Pennsylvania after Lindsay underwent a second double lung transplant at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital followed by dialysis to prepare her for a kidney transplant.

Katie’s colleagues Renee DeMarsh and Deb Pomella at Carver Elementary School, where she works as a paraprofessional but is currently taking a leave of absence, are hosting a 24-hour fundraiser they are calling “Let Loose 4 Lindsay” from 10 a.m. this Saturday, June 15, through 10 a.m. Sunday, June 16.

All the money raised will go to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of the Briggs family to help with transplant-related expenses due to Lindsay’s hospital stay since last fall.

DeMarsh and Pomella say they want to support Katie, Lindsay and the rest of her family because Lindsay grew up in Carver and Katie has been a special education paraprofessional at the elementary school for 19 years. She has “dedicated her life to taking care of others.”

It’s 24 hours of fun and games for a cause, according to physical education teacher DeMarsh.

To participate, people can rent out one-hour slots in the gym to play the games of their choice for a minimum of $100, or $10 per person for a group of at least 10. As part of the fundraising event, the high school girls’ basketball team will run a clinic in conjunction with Carver Youth Basketball.

There will be prescheduled activities such as a glow dance party, basketball, obstacle course, and yoga in addition to various groups that have rented out gym time, such as the police and fire departments, a group made up of CHS graduates and the high school drama department.

To support the cause, pay the tax-deductible registration fee online at: or send in $10. Checks can be made payable to COTA and write “in honor of Lindsay Briggs” on the memo line.

Anyone with questions can email DeMarsh and Pomella at

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