Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Announcing the 2015 Brotherhood In Action Community Breakfast to Benefit Katrina Theriaque and Eliana Bernier.

The Manchester Brotherhood in Action (BIA) proudly announces that our annual community breakfast will benefit the families of Katrina Theriaque and Eliana Bernier, both of Vernon, CT. 

Sunday February 22, 2015
9 AM- 12 Noon
Masonic Temple
25 East Center St. Manchester, CT.

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door, $5 for adults and $3 for children. Proceeds will help the families offset expenses incurred from medical bills.

The BIA has been in existence since 1987 and has fundraised over $100,000 in charitable contributions to help children with life threatening illnesses. Volunteer members are from UNICO, Knights of Columbus, Beth Sholom B’nai Israel Brotherhood, and both Manchester Masonic Lodges. For more information please call John Connolly at (860) 748-5013, email  or visit

Katrina Theriaque

Katrina is 7 years old and has a condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type 3 Severe, a progressive disease affecting her bones, connective tissue, bowels, hearing and eyes.  She has also been diagnosed with Basilar Invagination (Brain Stem crowding) last year, which is a very serious condition that can lead to paralyzation and brain damage.  Katrina has had many procedures with more to follow so the family is asking for prayers and any financial assistance to help offset expenses.
Eliana Bernier

 On her Birthday in November, 2 year old Eliana was diagnosed with Bi-lateral Wilms’ Tumor.  Wilms’ is a pediatric kidney cancer that typically presents itself on one kidney.  Eliana’s diagnosis showed that she had the tumor in both kidneys with growth extending into her ureter and bladder.  Eliana visits the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center twice a week for chemotherapy and follow up appointments.  Eliana’s medical treatment over an 18 week period includes chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery on her kidneys.