Fundraiser is planned Sunday for teen who suffered strokes

Fashionistas, dancers, singers and actors will put on a fashion show and performing arts fundraiser at the Harquail Theatre Sunday night to raise money for teenager Dimitrie Connor who lies in a coma in a Miami Hospital. 

Dimitrie, 16, suffered two strokes and fell into a coma in May, as a result of a large brain tumour. 

His mother Veronica Cole, who was with him at the hospital this week, said: “He’s in and out of the coma still. He wakes up and opens his eyes. From what the doctors told me, he comes and goes in and out of the coma. He’s started to have what the doctors call ‘storming’ and they have to sedate him during those times.” 

A recent MRI has shown that the tumour has not grown since he was first diagnosed. The MRI has been sent to a specialist in Detroit and the family are awaiting input from that doctor, Ms Cole said. 

While Dimitrie is treated in Miami, support from his friends and family in Cayman continues. Monyque Brooks, a 20-year-old student who has been dancing since she was four, has been organising the fashion show and performing arts fundraiser, which is being hosted by the Cayman Water Craft Association and the Fuse committee. 

Ms Brooks said she did not know Dimitrie personally, but her cousin goes to school with him. “It just touched my heart when I found out that he was not doing well,” she said.  

When Dimitrie’s school raised $900 in two days for him, Ms Brookes decided she could also help with the fundraising. “I’m into the performing arts and I said, you know what, I’m going to do this show,” she said. 

Dimitrie suffered two separate strokes – one minor one, which caused him to have trouble writing, and the second massive one after which he lapsed into a coma. 

The fundraiser show for the teen, who turned 16 last week, involves a fashion show, rapping, singing, dance performances and acting skits.  

Ms Brooks, who will be dancing in the show, said the event would hold a number of surprises. “It’s a show no one is going to want to miss,” she said. 

The show will be held at 6pm Sunday at the Harquail Theatre. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $10 for children and $45 for the family package of two children and two adults.  

 

Tickets can be bought at Reflections, Real Wood Cabinets in Plaza Venezia, or contact Ms Brooks at [email protected] or [email protected] 

Demitrie Connor

Dimitrie Connor is coming in and out of a coma in Miami Children’s Hospital. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED