Warren boy, 7, plans fund-raiser for ailing mom

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If you're not doing anything Saturday afternoon, April 6, buy some sweets from Tommy Swift.

Tommy, 7, has organized and will hold what he calls a "Chocolate Surprise" fund-raising bake sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Savon Shoes on Main Street. It benefits his mother, Natalie Swift, who was recently diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

Tommy loves chocolate, and recently asked his aunt Lesley Swift to bake some chocolate treats for him to sell at  school and help his mom. Lesley posted her conversation with him on Facebook, and the rest is history. Soon, friends volunteered to bake their own goods whenever they were needed, and Savon Shoes manager Francis Jamiel and owner David Grande opened their doors. Now, Tommy and his family's friends are working with the rest of his family (siblings Nathan, Luke, Grace, Margaret and Matthew, mom Natalie and dad Neil) to get ready for the big day. Tommy even came up with the name himself.

"This is all him," Ms. Personeus said.

Apart from the bake sale, the fund-raiser will feature a $1 raffle for four $25 gift certificates to Savon; they'll be raffled off at the end of the day. There may be some other surprises too. But really, isn't chocolate enough?

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