When hearing that Dublin 8-year-old Sirous Sadaghiani was battling cancer, Tara Magnuson knew she needed to do something.
Magnuson has worked with students at John Green Elementary School, including Sirous and his siblings. With a son the same age, she couldn't imagine what Sirous' parents were going through. She wanted to help, and today she is.
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Vito's Pizza, where Magnuson works part-time, is hosting an all-day fundraiser for the Sadaghinani family on Tuesday. Thirty percent of sales are going to the Sadaghinani family and more two dozen donated items will be auctioned to raise money for the family.
"This is a child," said Magnuson, who organized the fundraiser. "As a community, we wanted to help any way we can. Maybe we can't help Sirous, but we can help the family to make it a little easier."
Magnuson brought up the idea of having a fundraiser to Vito's owners, Scott Bolin and Benny Di Giallorenzo, and they jumped at the idea.
"They have gone above and beyond," Magnuson said. "They're changing the layout of the restaurant to fit more people and approached friends to donate things for the raffle. They deserve a lot of credit."
On the Vito's Fundraiser Facebook page, more than 160 people said they are going and as many as 400 people are expected.
This is just the lastest fundraiser for the family.
Last Friday, a bake sale at John Green Elementary School for the Sadaghinani family, organized by Karen Whittle Szurgot, sold out within 30 minutes.
Vito's is located on 4060 Grafton Street, Dublin, and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.