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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2001 12:00 am

By Brandee J. O'Brien

The Monitor

EDINBURG Ashley Perkins sits on the couch in her mothers home. Shyly she

begins to answer questions about her unique circumstance but stops

midsentence, hoping her mom will finish it for her. Ashley is different from

her peers, but one would never guess it when looking at the bright-eyed,

beautiful 14-year-old.

In early July, Ashley had brain surgery at Methodist Childrens Hospital in

San Antonio. A biopsy determined she had a tumor that was half malignant and

half benign. On July 30, Ashley will return to the hospital to have a Spec MRI

done so doctors can pinpoint the malignancy and decide what type of treatment

to give her, said Lisa Perkins, Ashleys mother.

Its either radiation or chemo(therapy), Perkins said. (Im) guessing its

one of six tumors that grow in the pituitary gland.

Lisa and her daughter are scared, but theyre not alone. About five months

ago, Dolly Elizondo and her daughters Christina Saldivar, 14, and

CariannaSaldivar, 11 learned about Ashley Perkins medical problem through a

woman Elizondo works with. After hearing the story, they decided to help. The

three brainstormed until an idea was created.

Christina decided to raffle two concert tickets she bought to see boy band

NSync on Aug. 5 in San Antonio. Raffle tickets are being sold at $10

Christina spent about $140 for the two and the proceeds go to Lisa and

Ashley Perkins. In addition to seeing the concert, the winners will also be

awarded a nights stay at The Drury Inn on The River Walk.

I wanted to help out any way I can, Christina said. There should be tons of

NSync concerts, but there is only one Ashley.

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