A concert and fundraising event is planned on Friday May 22, 2015 by Cirque du Soleil performing artist and musician Sami Saula (Photo credit: Mona Shield Payne).
The special event is a heartwarming gathering aimed at helping Saula and his wife, Leslie, raise funds to pay for their son’s extensive medical bills.
Four-year-old Elann Saula was born with hypogammaglobulinemia (Hypo-gamma-globu-li-nemia), a disorder in which the body creates a level of antibodies too low to sustain a normal immune system. As a result, Elann must go for monthly, six-hour infusions to help his body fight viruses, toxins and bacteria. He will need these infusions for several more years before doctors can determine if he can ever survive without them.
The family has never asked for a handout. Instead they are offering the artistry of Sami Saula’s immense musical talents in exchange for support of the fundraising event and sale of his CD. Music has been an incredible inspiration for the family and an escape when times were tough. They’ve received the support of many in the Cirque “family” as well as Larry and Barbara Domsky who are providing the venue for the fundraising event as well as a live glassblowing demonstration. This is the Saula’s way of giving back some of what has been provided to them.
Sami Saula, who performs as a musician in “Ka”, has released a CD of world music titled “Awaken.” It is also available for purchase at www.samisaula.com
The family has done what it can to pay its own medical expenses. Medical costs have already exceeded $1,000,000, the majority of which was covered by medical insurance provided to Sami through Cirque du Soleil. Sami Saula is permitted to work in the United States under a work visa. But he does not have a “green card” establishing full residency at this time. That could take years and will take thousands of dollars as well.
Without a green card for Sami, Leslie is not legally allowed to work full time in the United States.
What: “Awaken .. A Story Beyond Words” concert and fundraiser; live glass blowing demonstration, raffle, bidding opportunities!
When: Friday, May 22, 2015
Where: Domsky Glass Studio – 2758 S. Highland Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada (Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/S8PkM)
Time: 7 p.m.
Tickets: http://samisaula.com/elann/ (Those who cannot attend may also make a donation on this page)