Grandparents to host Aimee’s Angels Benefit
, 2015

Grandparents to host
Aimee’s Angels Benefit

Grandparents Greg and Lois Pinel of Weems, both employed at Rappahannock General Hospital, are reaching out to the community for help with a cause close to their hearts.

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Aimee Reese Phelps

The Pinels, lovingly referred to as “Grammy and Pop,” will host a benefit in honor of their four-year-old granddaughter, Aimee Reese Phelps. Aimee was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, SMA, at age 20 months.

“Since then, our family has formed Team Aimee’s Angels, which raises money each year to benefit The MDA, the organization the funds research for neuromuscular disorders,” said Lois.

SMA is a genetic disorder, and the number one killer of children under age 2 in the U.S. Approximately one in 40 persons carries this genetic defect. If both parents are carriers, there is a 25% chance that their child will have SMA.

“Aimee is our precious angel,” said the Pinels. “Her condition is challenging. She has never walked, has progressive muscle weakness, and a compromised respiratory system.”

This condition requires the care of multiple doctors at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center Children’s Hospital, and continued physical and respiratory therapy.

Despite her daily challenges, Aimee remains a happy child with a heart of gold, said Lois. She has an active imagination, and often pretends to be a doctor who helps children and animals get better. She dreams of becoming a nurse, like her grandma.

Aimee’s Angels will host a benefit from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 26 at the White Stone Church of the Nazarene, 57 Whisk Drive, White Stone. The event will begin with entertainment, a soup and salad bar, and information, then progress to a silent auction.

Tickets will be $10 per person, to include food, beverage, and bidding privileges for the silent auction portion of the event. Children younger than age 12 are free.

“We hope and pray that our efforts will help not only our Aimee, but all people with neuromuscular disorders,” said Greg.

In just a short period of time the Pinels have seen the generosity of this community. Many local business owners have already contributed either items or gift certificates for the silent auction.

“It’s heart-warming,” said the Pinels.

Heartfelt thanks go out to current sponsors, without whom, this event would not be possible: The White Stone Church of the Nazarene, Rappahannock General Hospital, The Northern Neck Family YMCA, Dehnert, Clarke, & Co., Willaby’s Catering and Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club.

Silent auction items are still needed. To donate for the auction, or to purchase tickets, contact Lois Pinel at, or 438-5566. Tickets also may be purchased at Chesapeake Bank in Kilmarnock , from Rachael, starting March 3.

Proceeds from this event will be presented at the annual MDA Muscle Walk on March 30 in Richmond.

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