Needs Clearing House, local charities raise money for 7-year-old with rare form of MD

Cintia Balog is a 7-year old little girl suffering from a rare form of muscular dystrophy. She lives with her family in Bridgeport, coming to the United States from Hungary where she was born.

The last six weeks since learning about Cintias Balog’s needs, the Needs Clearing House has been busy raising more than $6,000 in cash and purchasing and/or arranging for more than $4,000 more of durable medical supplies for Cintia, fulfilling a voluntary commitment worth more than $10,000 to address the families’ needs.

In addition, are:

  • The commitments and contributions of five other charities and many individuals in Greenwich, Bridgeport and across Fairfield County, who joined with NCH in this successful campaign to help the Balog family; and
  • The review of Cintia’s medical file by world class genetic scientists, including Dr. Marc Lalande of UConn and Nobel Prize nominee  Dr. Charles Lee of Jackson Labs,  with a view toward identifying genetic tests to help chart a course of treatment for Cintia’s disease.  
  • The family had been quoted more than $30,000 for such genetic tests which are likely to now be performed at little or no cost.
  • The involvement of the Student Nurses Association of CT and Sacred Heart University to evaluate how they can help Cintia.

The five other charities are:

  • Amy’s Angels
  • Building Hope Foundation
  • The Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Chicken Joe’s Ride for Kids
  • Helping Hands Outreach

On March 19, Needs Clearing House presented a $10,000 check to Cintia and her family at a ceremony in Bridgeport. Student nurses also gave her a giant teddy bear.


 Cintia Balog (center) her mother and father on Christian...and three student nurses from Sacred Heart

Cintia Balog (center) her mother and father on left, brother Christian, and three student nurses from Sacred Heart.

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