A benefit will be held next weekend to help a local infant born with a rare brain condition.

A benefit will be held next weekend to help a local infant born with a rare brain condition.

Harry Jackson, son of Pickerington residents Craig and Kara Jackson, was born May 16, 2008. The happy occasion for the parents of two young boys quickly took a frightening turn when, three days after Harry's birth, he began to suffer heart failure.

Specialists at Nationwide's Children's Hospital in Columbus determined Harry had developed a cerebral arteriovenous malformation, which occurs when arteries in the brain connect to nearby veins without having the normal capillaries between them.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, only about 300,000 Americans have AVMs. Harry was fortunate that local treatments were able to quell the condition until last October, when surgeons in Boston removed his AVM.

"The surgery is pretty rare, but he no longer has the AVM," said Kara (Grishkat) Jackson, who graduated from Pickerington High School in 1997, where she was a standout basketball and volleyball player. "We have to go back to his neurosurgeons every year for the first five years of his life, and then he has to go back every five years for the rest of his life.

"Because it developed so early, it's possible it could grow back."

On Saturday, the Jacksons' pediatrician, Dr. Steve Canowitz, along with friends and family of the couple, will gather at Seton Parish Catholic Church, 600 Hill Road North, to share company and raise money to defray Harry's medical costs.

The "Helping Baby Harry" event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., and will feature a spaghetti dinner, a silent auction and raffles.

Tickets are $5 and $3 per person; the $5 ticket includes a meal and registration for a grand prize. The $3 ticket allows the holder to register for the other raffle prizes.

Items up for grabs include a variety of Ohio State University memorabilia, tickets to OSU football games, gift baskets and certificates to local restaurants.

"One-hundred percent of the money raised will go to their medical expenses and ongoing care," said Gail Clark, a Jackson family friend and regular education intervention specialist at Harmon Middle School, where Kara Jackson teaches sixth-grade language arts. "We're doing this to defray the costs of (Harry's) medical procedures, and it's also to raise awareness about the condition."

Those wishing to help or visit with Kara, Craig, Harry and the Jackson's 2-year-old son, Raymond, are invited to attend the event. Information about contributing to the "Helping Link Foundation," which was set up to benefit the Jacksons and others suffering from AVMs, can be obtained by contacting Canowitz, at drcanowitz@canyonmc.com.