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This weekend, help Super Teci fly

Lansing family to host garage sale this weekend and next weekend to raise money for upcoming medical trips

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (August 31, 2022) – Purchases made at the garage sale at 3112 190th Street this weekend will help a super hero fly. That super hero is Teresa Avila, also known as “Super Teci,” and her family is planning to fly her to both Texas and Arizona in the coming months for medical treatment.

Elizabeth and Guillermo Avila have hosted many garage sales, Facebook campaigns, and other fundraisers in recent years to help raise money for their daughter Teci’s extensive and expensive medical needs.

When she was three, Teci (pronounced “Tessie”) choked while eating a grape and was unresponsive for 19 minutes before Lansing paramedics were able to restore her heartbeat. The miracle revival left her paralyzed and unable to speak. In the years since, her condition has improved through the use of different types of therapy, specialized education, and stem cell transplants.

Upcoming expenses

Money raised from the garage sales will go directly to two upcoming trips for the Avila family. The first will be to San Antonio, Texas to the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute TeletonUSA (CRIT), where Teci will undergo an intensive three-week therapy program. The second trip will be to Arizona, where Teci will receive her next stem cell transplant, a treatment that has resulted in improvement in the past.

The family has already raised some funds for the trip, but still needs to raise an additional $7,000 before their first departure in November.

The Avila family will also continue to use Facebook to create raffles and other campaigns to raise funds. Like Super Teci on Facebook to learn more.

Garage sale dates, hours, address

The garage sales will run from Thursday, September 1 – Saturday, September 3, as well as Thursday, September 8 – Saturday, September 10. Weather permitting, the sales will run from 9 – 3 p.m. on each day.

The sales will take place at 3112 190th Street in Lansing.


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.