Benefit scheduled for Ponder family

Published 11:18 am Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Shane Ponder, 29, of Orange was recently diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).

GBS s a rare disorder in which a person’s own immune system damages their nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. GBS can cause symptoms that usually last for a few weeks. Most people recover fully from GBS, but some people have long-term nerve damage. In very rare cases, people have died of GBS, usually from difficulty breathing. In the United States, for example, an estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people develop GBS each year on average, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ponder, husband and father of three, is unable to work for several months as he endures weeks of physical therapy to regain his strength and mobility.

A fundraiser benefiting Ponder and his family will be held 10 a.m. Sat., Nov. 7 at Well of Hope Christian Fellowship, 120 Bland Street in Bridge City.

The event will include a link sale, a bounce house, face paint, hair paint, bake sale, snocones, a silent auction and more.