A benefit concert on Sunday will help an Edinburgh boy battling a life-threatening disease.
Four-year-old Martin Weber, son of Tara Lee Arterburn and Marty Weber, was diagnosed in January with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, a rare brain tumor. Shortly after his diagnosis, doctors gave the boy a life expectancy of two to six months.
But with the help of a clinical trial in Boston, Massachusetts, doctors could provide Martin with a medication to extend his life an additional three to five years, his family said.
When Brodi Nicholas, founder and CEO of Campaign One At A Time, learned of Martin’s story, he offered to help. Campaign One At A Time is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based out of Rocklin, California, that helps children fighting life-threatening diseases.
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The organization often takes children and their families to fun events and gives them gifts and experiences relevant to their passions, but Martin’s story struck a different chord.
“We are on a mission to raise $9,000 by the first week of July so we can send Martin to the clinical trial in Boston,” Nicholas said. “We just saw this kid needed somebody, so we went for it.”
Nearly $3,500 has already been raised for Martin. Nicholas said Martin cannot wait for the team at Campaign One At A Time to fly into Indiana.
“Martin is so excited,” Nicholas said. “We get these little videos of him singing and rapping different songs. We’re going to try to bring him up on stage to play some music with us, too.”
A concert to raise funds for a 4-year-old Edinburgh boy, Martin Weber, with a rare brain tumor will run from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at The Commons, 300 Washington St. It will feature music from Columbus’ Brian Fortner and games, snacks, a raffle and crafts.
People who donate $15 or more will receive a limited-edition One At A Time bracelet, which can be used as a VIP pass for free food at the concert.
Others who cannot attend the concert, but would like to make a donation for Weber to join a clinical trial for his medical treatment can visit campaignOAAT.org/Martin.