In this image from 2019, people line up to release lanterns during a Kruzn for a Kure Foundation fundraising event for SIOD research. [COURTESY PHOTO]

TUSCUMBIA — The third annual lantern release fundraiser for the Kruzn for a Kure Foundation will be today at dusk, virtual style.

Proceeds from the sale of lanterns and T-shirts go to support Schimke Immuno Osseous Dysplasia, an extremely rare multi-system disorder affecting two Tuscumbia children, Kruz and Paizlee Davenport.

The children's parents, Kyle and Jessica Davenport, have spearheaded world-renowned research and research funding for the disease at Stanford University in California.

This evening's balloon release allows participants to honor not only the Davenport children, but all children affected by SIOD which, as of now, is still a fatal disease.

"We have hope for a cure and are thankful for the support in making a cure a reality one day," said Tori Smith, the foundation's marketing director.

Smith asks that those releasing lanterns upload a photo to social media using hashtag #kruznforakure.

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