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Bingo raises money for rare disease research

Published On: Mar 18 2013 08:17:15 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 18 2013 08:34:25 AM EDT

Bingo to raise money for FOP research


Lots of folks gathered for one big bingo game Sunday to support a six-year-old boy from Emmaus with FOP, or fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva.

Joshua Scoble has the rare genetic disease that affects less than 700 people in the world -- where his muscles, tendons and ligaments are slowly turning to bone.

Joshua's aunt said Sunday's game at the Allentown Fairgrounds, along with several other fundraisers throughout the year, should raise about $80,000 for research.

"The community support that we get is unbelievable," said Joshua's aunt, Chrissy Flexer. "We were just told today by one of the doctors that this is the largest fundraising event that goes on for FOP research in the entire world!"

More than 1100 people made reservations to play bingo at the event.