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A Santa Clarita boy is helping to give back to the hospital that saved him

A Santa Clarita boy is helping to give back to the hospital that saved him


A Santa Clarita boy is helping to give back to the hospital that saved him

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Alessio Mascari, a seven-year-old boy from Santa Clarita, has defied the odds and overcome a rare condition that once threatened his life.

“After about a week home from the hospital, he turned purple,” said Danny Mascari, his father. “He had trouble breathing.”

The boy was born with a condition where mucus builds up in his lungs. It led to a seven-month stay at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, after which his family was finally able to bring him home. There is no cure and Alessio will have to continue taking medication for the rest of his life.

The gratitude the Mascari family has for the hospital is why they are one of the biggest fundraisers for Play and Walk LA. The event will take place Saturday on the Santa Monica Pier to help support the patients of Children’s Hospital LA.

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Seven years after his hospital stay, Alessio has achieved many milestones, including being able to run the 3K event independently at the charity event.

According to the hospital’s website, the event has already raised more than $417,000 for patients. The festival starts at 8am and lasts until noon.

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