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16-year-old Denied Vital Surgery: Benefit Concert Will Raise Funds

3/15/2005

The First Church of God in Vancouver, Washington will host a benefit concert for Amanda Vie, a 16-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with a painful jaw deformity. Sponsored by several organizations including Multnomah Bible College, the special event will be held on April 23 and will feature performances by the Northwest vocal group Rescue, as well as nationally known Christian comedian Justin Fennell.

Suffering from a rare jaw deformity, Amanda Vie's health insurance provider has refused to grant the surgery necessary to correct the problem permanently. As a result, Amanda's family will have to pay for the $35,000 operation themselves in order to eliminate the source of her pain. Unable to cover the high cost of the surgery, the Vie family is turning to the community to help raise funding for this vital procedure.

In recent weeks, Amanda Vie's story has been circulated around the Northwest. Several news stations have run stories on Amanda and her family, including KOIN 6 and FOX 12 in Portland, Oregon. In response, several organizations have chosen to sponsor the benefit concert.

One sponsor, Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary has a special tie to the Vie family. Fred Vie, Amanda's father, works on staff and Amanda's older brother attends the college as a junior. The staff at Multnomah are working hard to rally around the Vie family as they face this situation.

The benefit concert will be at the First Church of God in Vancouver, Washington on April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Call the church office at 360-574-1611 to purchase tickets, or call Multnomah Bible College at 503-255-0332 or Branches Christian Bookstore at 360-694-6461. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students. The First Church of God is located at 3300 NE 78th St., Vancouver, Washington 98665.

Those who desire to help fund the surgery for Amanda Vie can visit any US Bank location and make a donation. An account has been set up in Amanda's name for those who wish to help the Vie family during this difficult time.