TOMB RAIDER FAN
FACES HEART OP
Copyright 2001 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[ November 23rd 2001 ]
Brisin Price likes to play Sony PlayStation and
Nintendo Gameboy. His mom, Jocelynne Price, said
that he spends hours playing video games. "It's
his life," she said.
said his favorite PlayStation game is "Tomb Raider
III," and added that he's almost beat it. He also
likes to run around and play army with his toy
guns, as well as crack jokes and make people laugh.
He likes to do everything that any other 5-year-old
Menominee Elementary kindergarten student also
has a problem: a hole in his heart that was discovered
during a routine physical before school started
this year. It's a condition that he was apparently
born with, according to Price. But she and her
family are hopeful that an open heart surgery
scheduled for Dec. 13 can correct the problem.
Pletcher, Brisin's grandmother, said Brisin's
doctor discovered an irregular heartbeat during
his physical before school started. Tests were
conducted in South Bend and then culminated in
October at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis
where doctors decided that open heart surgery
was the best option for Brisin.
said he would be fine after he had this surgery,"
Pletcher said. But the cost of the surgery is
staggering for a family trying to make it week
by week. Price, whose husband, Robert Kratchmar,
recently lost his job and the insurance benefits
that came with it, said that the surgery will
cost between $60,000 and $80,000.
that in mind, Price and Pletcher decided to have
a benefit featuring food and live entertainment
in hopes that people would help out. The event
will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Family
Restaurant, 2513 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. There
is a $10 cover charge to cover the price of donated
food, live entertainment and beer, with all the
proceeds going towards the cost of Brisin's surgery.
Smith, co-owner of Crossroads Family Restaurant,
said she has known the Price family for a while
and she wanted to try to help them, so she donated
a room for the benefit. "I've got a two-year-old
and a four-year-old so I can kind of understand
how she (Jocelynne) feels," Smith said.
said live bands will play throughout the night
and that she expects the benefit to end around
3 a.m. Sunday. And Brisin remains in good spirits
too. "I've got a hole in my heart," he said while
smiling and clowning around. "I've got to have