Fundraiser seeking to help daughter of former student

Two Missouri Southern alumnae have banded together to host a fundraiser in support of a former student and her family.

Jasmin Boothe, alumnae Heidi Hockensmith’s 5-year-old daughter, went to the doctor in November to find out that her heart pain was caused by a heart murmur triggered by a mildly enlarged heart. Within a week, she went in for blood work and was immediately called back to the hospital for blood transfusions, a spinal tap and her first round of chemotherapy, all in one day.

Jasmin, diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia, is still undergoing treatment.

“Heidi is a very good friend of ours,” Reaka Peters, one of the former students planning the event, said. “It’s hard to see someone who you are so close to go through something so painful. We want to help her and her family in every way that we can.”

The event will take place Sunday, Feb. 17, at JB’s from 5 to 9 p.m. Local bands such as 2 Steps Back, Conway Jackson, Winfield Folk, One Night Stand and Missouri Coalition will be featured at the event.

“We wanted an event that would attract the most people,” Peters said. “We figured music would be the best way.”

The event will cost $10 at the door; the fee includes a “Jasmin ROCKS” wristband. A silent auction, raffle drawing and T-shirt fundraiser will also help raise funds for Jasmin.

“We have loads of stuff to auction,” Peters said. “We have gift certificates, coupons, signed merchandise and lots of jewelry.”

The Boothes are currently living in Blue Springs, Mo., and Jasmin undergoes treatment in Kansas City. All proceeds from the event will help pay Jasmin’s medical bills.