What better way to celebrate the start of the summer vacation than with a slime party at a local park. Walton County seventh-grader Mia Hahn is going to give you an opportunity to do just that – and for a very good cause. She is hosting a slime party at Matthews Park in Monroe on Friday evening in support of Huntington’s disease. The party is a fundraiser in honor of her grandmother.
“She was her grandmother’s first grandchild and Mia and she always had a special bond. Mia was very spoiled by her,” said Mia’s mother, Michelle Fozo “Her fondest memories are of the two of them playing board games all the time together.”
Fozo said Mia lost her grandmother in 2014 to Huntington’s Disease. Her grandmother was only 61 at the time of her passing. Because it is a progressive disease, Mia only ever knew her grandmother with the disease.
“She got to see the devastating progression. Huntington’s Disease is a genetic disease that is a dominant trait, meaning that if your parent develops symptoms, you as the child would have a 50 percent chance of having it also. It is described as having ALS, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s at the same time,” Fozo said, adding that Mia’s father’s family has continued to be active with the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. “Last September, Mia was really missing her grandma and wanted to do something in memory of her to feel closer to her. She began her own Slime Shop on Mercari, a site where you can sell your craft items, and participated in some local craft fairs and over a couple months, she made over $100.”
Fozo said that was just the beginning. Mia wanted to do more.
“Listening to The Bert Show on Q100 in Atlanta, we learned of an organization called Kid’s Boost. It is an organization that gives kids $100 and coaches them on how to put together an event entirely on their own to benefit a charity of their choosing,” Fozo said. So naturally, Mia’s choice of charity was the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. “Currently, there is no cure for Huntington’s Disease and she wants to do everything in her power to help another family not have to go through what her family had to go through.”
Mia was interviewed on the Bert Show and “a representative from Elmer’s Glue heard her on the radio and made a generous donation of lots of glue and things to make very cool slimes,” Mia’s mother said.
Mia’s goal is to raise $1,000 and she is already about a third of the way through with her pre-sales.
So here’s the fun part – and where you come in. You can kick off your summer vacation at Matthews Park in Monroe participating in the slime party. Mia will be selling pre-made slimes and helping kids make their own slimes that they can keep. There are also homemade giant bears, raffles and food – and all items will be $5 or less.
The Party is from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Matthews Park, 1016 Marable St., Monroe.