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Date auction Saturday for Comforting Hearts organization

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The Palitta family lost their son Elias Adin to cancer five years ago. Now they are raising money to help families who have children with cancer.

Elias Adin's Comforting Hearts is a non-profit organization started two years ago by the Palittas. They created it with the hope of making life a little easier for other families going through what they went through.

"We didn't know he had cancer until the day he passed," said Kele Pallita, Elias's mother and president of the organization.

Palitta took 7-month-old Elias to the hospital because he was showing symptoms of the flu. The reality was far more devastating.

"It happened so quick. It was kind of, you know, a shocking thing where he was diagnosed, and in literally seven hours he passed away from it," she said. "We really didn't have time to adjust to what was going on, let alone losing him."

Palitta knew she had to do something, so she started Elias Adin's Comforting Hearts. She puts baskets of goodies together to help families who are struggling through the same thing.

"We do snacks, we do a Scentsy Buddy, which is a scented stuffed animal for the children," Palitta said. "And then we also put in coloring books, crayons, even a journal for the parents so they can document the kind of everything that they are going through."

The baskets have gone to families at local children's hospitals like Mercy and Promedica, as well as the Cleveland Clinic, Nation Way Children's in Columbus, and Motts in Ann Arbor.

"I can say it does get easier," Palitta said. "I think the charity definitely helps, being able to comfort these families, and know he stood for something. Just being here seven short months, have him still present, you know, in everyone's life."

On Saturday, they'll be holding their second annual Toledo's Most Eligible Bachelor and Bachelorette date auction.

For more information on the event or to donate, visit their website here.

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