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Coming up Saturday: Erin Tanner's fight for life

Erin Tanner has spent vast amounts of time in hospitals and with medical personnel as she battles biliary atresia, a liver disease that will require a liver transplant.

For all her nine years, Erin Tanner has battled biliary atresia, a serious but rare disease of the liver that affects one in 10,000 children.

According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, the cause of biliary atresia is not known. Treatments are only partially successful and it is the most common reason for liver transplantation in children in the United States and most of the Western world.

Erin is one of those children, and even as she waits on a transplant list, the costs associated with her treatment are mounting.

There are a series of fundraising events to help Erin, her parents, Amber and Robert, and siblings Ethan and Emma, deal with the upheaval in their lives.

The first, a rummage and bake sale, is Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Morris American Legion. Donations of baked good, sale items and funds are welcome.

See Saturday's Sun Tribune for more about Erin, her family and their fight against the disease, and a list of other fundraisers coming up this month.