Local girl fundraising for cousin with rare form of muscular dystrophy

When 10-year-old Samantha Brazzo was diagnosed with a rare form of muscular dystrophy her cousin Cate wanted to help somehow.

"I know last year when I went to prom I had my dress sitting in my closet for about a year and I didn't have anything to do with it. So me and the other girls had the same problem and I thought why not put it to a good cause by selling them or donating them," Basciano said.

And that's exactly what 17-year-old Cate Basciano did. She started a unique consignment boutique and she knew exactly where the proceeds would go.

Her cousin is 10-year-old Samantha Brazzo who was diagnosed with a very rare type of muscular dystrophy at age 2 And so Cate, with the help of a few friends and her mother started Samantha's Promtique. She started collecting stunning, gently-used and new prom gowns to help raise money for Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) research and treatments.

Samantha's family has already raised several hundred thousand dollars and cousin Cate's new fundraiser is another way to raise money and awareness.

This is the first year of the event and she hopes to raise a few thousand dollars.

There's still time to donate or sell a gently-used gown or simply come and shop on Sunday.

To donate or sell:

Email promtique@gmail.com

Sale. Sunday March 11 1-5 @ Ludwig's Corner Fire Company Glenmoore, Chester County.