One of the busiest vendor booths at Mt. Juliet's Farmizan's Market Saturday was Team Karsyn's.
Karsyn Thornton is a local 6-year-old in desperate need of a lung transplant. She first had to battle a rare malignant brain tumor when she was 3.
The Wilson Post spotlighted the fragile kindergartner earlier this month the day she and her parents were to hear if she was approved to be on the lung transplant list. The heartbreaking news is the lung transplant team decided to defer Karsyn for the list until she gets stronger. This means more time at Cincinnati Children's Lung Transplant Center where she was LifeFlighted March 3 to be considered for the transplant.
"We had already prepared ourselves for this outcome," Karsyn's mom Cassie said Saturday.
She explained there are some "goals" her daughter needs to meet to again, be considered, which means she needs to be stabilized and gain strength.
On Saturday, Cassie was manning a booth at Farmizan's mMrket where she sold unique, inspirational cards she made with Karsyn. When Karsyn is strong enough, she and her mother sit quietly on the hospital bed with paint and paper and make the whimsical and touching cards out of the little girl's hand, feet and fingerprints.
Cassie sells the card to help pay for medical and traveling expenses. Karsyn's dad, James, was unable to help at the booth because Karsyn was having particularly hard days at the hospital and he need to be there.
Friends, and those who quickly became friends Saturday, stormed the booth in an outpouring of love for the brave little girl. The line snaked through the park as people patiently waited to purchase the cards, t-shirts and bracelets available there.
"We had a great turnout!" Cassie said. "I'm not sure how many people, but we sold 235 prints and 30 canvases, plus several shirts and bracelets. It was amazing and a true blessing to see so many come and support Karsyn. We saw many friends and family, as well as people we had never met and were curious about the line at the tent."
Sadly, Karsyn continues to have setbacks, her mom said.
"She makes progress and then within 48 hours takes a huge step back," Cassie said. "As for her plan of care going forward, they are trying to get her to meet the requirements set forward in the deferment, but some just seem unattainable at times with all these setbacks she continues to have."
Karsyn's grandma, known to her as "Na Na" was at the market near her daughter and granddaughter's tent.
"The deferment was not a yes or a no," she said. "We are hopeful. It's been a real rough week or two. But she's a fighter. I know she will fight through this."
Monday was another one of the bad days for Karsyn. She got really sick after her daddy left Cincinnati to try to get back to work. Cassie said while he went in Monday, his daughter's setback was enough for him to get in his car and drive back to the hospital.
"He drove back to be with me and Karsyn today," Cassie said.
Farmizan Market co-creator Oslam Jennings said she was thrilled to see the crowd gravitate to the Team Karsyn tent. She said the market's second season debut at their new location at Charlie Daniels Park was phenomenal. The crowds were large on the sunny day.
She estimated about 1,500 people attended the market that showcases homemade crafts, soaps, jams, jellies and more. Entertainer Erica Jo livened the crowd as part of The Arts Alliance's new partnership with the market.
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