News and Tribune

October 16, 2013

Coffeys’ haunted house to raise money for disease research

By DANIEL SUDDEATH
daniel.suddeath@newsandtribune.com

NEW ALBANY — It’s Halloween time and they want people to enjoy themselves, but Dan and Melissa Coffey’s reason for opening a haunted house relates to a real life horror story.

Their 2-year-old granddaughter, Margot, was diagnosed with Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia, or JMML, earlier this year. It’s a rare disease, and though Margot is doing much better, Melissa Coffey said her family wants to “pay it forward” by raising funds for the JMML Foundation.

“It’s a disease that needs a lot more research,” she said.

It’s also an expensive disease to fight. Margot received what is considered an experimental drug in the United States, and JMML patients have to be included in a medical trial to receive a prescription of the medicine.

To help the cause of children such as Margot, Dan and Melissa Coffey transformed their auction house at 2107 Corydon Pike into a haunted house this year.

Beginning Thursday, adults can pay $10 and children $5 for a good scare for a great cause. Ghouls don’t work for free, so some of the proceeds will be used to cover overhead expenses, but any additional money received from admissions will be donated to the JMML Foundation.

Dan Coffey — who is a New Albany City Councilman — spent several days constructing the haunted house.

It winds through the sizable interior of the auction house, and there are props, machines and more than a few breathing goblins ready to draw a scream out of unsuspecting visitors.

Coffey’s Haunted House will open at 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, through Halloween. If accessing Corydon Pike via Ind. 111, the haunted house will be located about one mile from the highway on the left.

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ON THE WEB

• Visit the website jmmlfoundation.org for more information about Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia.