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AOII sorority smokes up support for Arthritis Foundation and child with rare kidney disease

Aaron and Sara Caldwell pose with their children outside the AOII sorority house. (Source: Alpha Omicron Pi) Aaron and Sara Caldwell pose with their children outside the AOII sorority house. (Source: Alpha Omicron Pi)
The national philanthropy of Alpha Omicron Pi is the Arthritis Foundation. (Source: Alpha Omicron Pi) The national philanthropy of Alpha Omicron Pi is the Arthritis Foundation. (Source: Alpha Omicron Pi)
Chancellor Kelly Damphousse demonstrates his ability to make the AOII Greek hand sign. (Source: Alpha Omicron Pil) Chancellor Kelly Damphousse demonstrates his ability to make the AOII Greek hand sign. (Source: Alpha Omicron Pil)
Tickets to the AOII Smoke Out Arthritis event are $15. (Source: Alpha Omicron Pil) Tickets to the AOII Smoke Out Arthritis event are $15. (Source: Alpha Omicron Pil)
Peyton Newlon and Rachel McAllister are sisters in Alpha Omicron Pi. (Source: KAIT-TV) Peyton Newlon and Rachel McAllister are sisters in Alpha Omicron Pi. (Source: KAIT-TV)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Cannon Caldwell faces big hurdles for such a small boy. At just two-years-old, he has been diagnosed with a chronic kidney disease known as congenital nephrotic syndrome. He will need a kidney transplant. Right now, his family is focusing on BBQ.

In fact, lots and lots of BBQ!

The Alpha Omicron Pi sorority on the campus of Arkansas State University is hosting its annual Smoke Out Arthritis Philanthropy event at the Cooper Alumni Center on Friday, March 9. Tickets are $15.

“A portion from this event will go to the Arthritis Foundation,” Rachel McAllister, AOII philanthropy chairman, said. “Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the nation. The Arthritis Foundation is our philanthropy and we’ve teamed up to help with this cause.”

Proceeds from this event will be donated to Alpha Omicron Pi’s national philanthropy, The Arthritis Foundation and also to COTA. COTA is Children’s Organ Transplant Association.

Proceeds will be given in honor of Cannon. Aaron and Sara Caldwell both attended Arkansas State University and currently live in their hometown of Wynne. Their son, Cannon, will be needing a kidney transplant in the near future.

Carry out begins at 4 p.m. and continues through 6 p.m. The dine-in option will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Businesses and organizations may also request a lunchtime delivery.

There will also be a pick-up option in Wynne at Caldwell Pharmacy & Gifts. The silent auction will begin at 4 p.m. and will last until 7 p.m.

“The BBQ is prepared by Brian Biggs of Jonesboro,” Peyton Newlon, AOII vice-president of public relations, said. “If you choose the dine-in option, there’s going to be desserts prepared by Lead Apron Catering.”

The silent auction will consist of gift certificates, art, and different gift baskets.

Donations can be made and tickets purchased at aoii.crowdsource.co or by contacting Rachel McCallister at 501-766-3084 or Rachel.mccallis@smail.astate.edu.

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