Fundraiser for Pittston girl Violet Pantucci, who suffers from lissencephaly, is Aug. 26

By Tony Callaio - For Sunday Dispatch
Violet Pantucci, 6, was diagnosis with lissencephally, a rare condition that causes a child’s brain to develop the wrong way during pregnancy where the normal folds and wrinkles in the brain are smooth. She is shown with her parents Ron and Elizabeth Pantucci as she uses her eyes to vocalize through the computer. - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Elizabeth Pantucci, right, places the 2018 Little Miss Tomato Festival crown on Violet’s head while her father, Ron, holds her. Violet, along with Mia Bartush, was named co-winners of the contest this year. - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
“Violet loves wearing bows in her hair,” mom Elizabeth said. “Each day she picks a different color.” - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Violet is shown sitting with her half-brothers, Brandon, 15, left, and Matthew, 13. - - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Violet Pantucci sits in her big brother Brandon’s lap holding her new doll. - - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Violet has a happy moment wearing her signature bow. Because of her lissencephaly, she frequently experiences seizures. - - Submitted photo

PITTSTON — Violet Pantucci is a very special 6-year-old and everyone that comes in contact with her will tell how special she really is.

Violet was diagnosed with lissencephaly, a rare brain disorder where the surface of the brain is smooth rather than with ridges and folds. As a result of this disorder children born with lissencephaly are prone to seizures and respiratory issues. She has frequent seizures, up to 100 per day, but according to her mother Elizabeth, Violet went 120-days without a single seizure.

There is a circle of family and friends called Team Ultra Violet, or TUV, who have put together a fundraiser that will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Hughestown Hose Co. building, 30 Center Street.

It is sponsored by Onesource Fire Rescue.

Violet is in need of many things from everything from a van equipped for a wheelchair to a service dog that senses a seizure before a seizure comes on. She takes a trip to Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia each week.

She has beaten the odds in so many ways, according to her mother.

“We really didn’t expect her to live much past 1 years old,” Elizabeth said.

Most children with lissencephaly have an educational level of a five to seven month baby. Violet surpassed that were she has the mental ability of a normal 6-year-old; so much so that she will start kindergarten at Pittston Area this week.

Violet can be seen wearing her signature bow in her hair recently competed in the 2018 Pittston Tomato Festival Little Miss contest. “She really wanted to be there,” Elizabeth said.

As a result of her entering, she was a co-winner with Mia Bartush.

Violet cannot verbalize, but did answer questions from the judges using a computer where her eyes would look at symbols to communicate.

“The neurology team at Children’s Hospital is amazed with Violet,” Elizabeth said. “She’s one of the only kids with lissencephaly that the doctors know that is potty trained.”

“Using the device (to talk), using her hands and other things is amazing as well,” her father Ron said.

Violet knows her ABC’s and numbers, which is astounding, it’s really not supposed to happen, according to Elizabeth and she’s really looking forward to going to school and making new friends. Her nurse will accompany her to school each day.

Organizers of Team Ultra Violet are hoping for a large turnout to help Violet and her family reach some of their goals.

Violet Pantucci, 6, was diagnosis with lissencephally, a rare condition that causes a child’s brain to develop the wrong way during pregnancy where the normal folds and wrinkles in the brain are smooth. She is shown with her parents Ron and Elizabeth Pantucci as she uses her eyes to vocalize through the computer.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Violet-Pantucci-1-1.jpgViolet Pantucci, 6, was diagnosis with lissencephally, a rare condition that causes a child’s brain to develop the wrong way during pregnancy where the normal folds and wrinkles in the brain are smooth. She is shown with her parents Ron and Elizabeth Pantucci as she uses her eyes to vocalize through the computer. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Elizabeth Pantucci, right, places the 2018 Little Miss Tomato Festival crown on Violet’s head while her father, Ron, holds her. Violet, along with Mia Bartush, was named co-winners of the contest this year.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Violet-Pantucci-2-1.jpgElizabeth Pantucci, right, places the 2018 Little Miss Tomato Festival crown on Violet’s head while her father, Ron, holds her. Violet, along with Mia Bartush, was named co-winners of the contest this year. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

“Violet loves wearing bows in her hair,” mom Elizabeth said. “Each day she picks a different color.”
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Violet-Pantucci-3-1.jpg“Violet loves wearing bows in her hair,” mom Elizabeth said. “Each day she picks a different color.” Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Violet is shown sitting with her half-brothers, Brandon, 15, left, and Matthew, 13.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Violet-Pantucci-4-1.jpgViolet is shown sitting with her half-brothers, Brandon, 15, left, and Matthew, 13. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Violet Pantucci sits in her big brother Brandon’s lap holding her new doll.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Violet-Pantucci-5-1.jpgViolet Pantucci sits in her big brother Brandon’s lap holding her new doll. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Violet has a happy moment wearing her signature bow. Because of her lissencephaly, she frequently experiences seizures.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Violet-Pantucci-6-1.jpgViolet has a happy moment wearing her signature bow. Because of her lissencephaly, she frequently experiences seizures. Submitted photo

By Tony Callaio

For Sunday Dispatch

HOW TO HELP:

Team Ultra Violet, or TUV, who have put together a fundraiser that will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Hughestown Hose Co. building, 30 Center Street. If you cannot make the fundraiser, go to Violet’s Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/teamultraviolet, every dollar helps.

Reach the Sunday Dispatch newsroom at 570-655-1418 or email sd@psdispatch.com

Reach the Sunday Dispatch newsroom at 570-655-1418 or email sd@psdispatch.com