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Drag show raises money for DNA testing

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DENISON, Texas --- A new medical test could make the difference in life and death in newborn, but the problem is getting the funding and research to make it available.

This weekend, a man who's spent years trying to make sure what happened to his son doesn't happen to anyone else, is bringing a unique fundraiser to town.

"It's a blast. We have performers who do illusions like Pink and Cher and Tina Turner. We have someone here who's going to be doing Prince, maybe Michael Jackson. Sometimes I don't even know. It's just a great fun show," says Robert Burke, the founder of the MyOhMy Drag Show, which is coming to the Rialto Theater in Denison Saturday night. "When we first started it benefited Bryce's House, which is named after my son," says Burke, "we had a store in Fort Worth. We provided free clothing for families in need."

Bryce died two and a half years ago, at the age of 20, but he nearly died at 19 months old. "And one morning he just didn't wake up. By the time we got him to the hospital his blood sugar level was like at 26, which would've killed an adult more than likely, but it caused him to have seizures which caused brain damage. For the rest of his life he needed 24/7 care," says Burke. 

Bryce had a metabolic disorder. If he had undergone a newborn screening test it would've been caught early and would've been treatable by changing his diet. "There was only one state that mandatory tested for all these metabolic disorders of which Bryce had one, the most common," says Burke. Now, nearly all states test for 40 to 50 different disorders. But a new supplemental screening tests for 240 diseases. "All the diseases and disorders that it tests for are all treatable in some manner, so it's like preventative medicine at its best," says Burke.

That's why the my oh my drag show is trying to raise awareness for this new test. "I don't want this to happen to any child or to any family," says Burke. 

Tickets for the MyOhMy Drag Show can be found HERE

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