Benefit Oct. 11 will support Leos family

Trumbull police and firefighters are asking the community to join them in supporting and rallying around the Leos family of Trumbull, who suffered a devastating loss in July, when 18-year-old Kyleigh Leos died after a lifelong illness.

The Trumbull Police Benevolent Association and the Long Hill Fire Company #1 are sponsoring a buffet and cash bar dinner Oct. 11 at Vazzano’s Four Seasons in Stratford. The event will feature what organizers called a “tremendous” raffle. The benefit event, named “Angels & Heroes: The Leos Family Benefit,” will help Jay and Dawn Leos to cover mounting expenses related to their daughter’s long illness. Jay Leos is a Trumbull police officer and a lieutenant with the Long Hill Fire District.

Kyleigh was born with a biliary atresia, a disease affecting the liver. At 15, she needed a liver transplant, and Trumbull police Officer Michael Gonzalez donated a piece of his liver to her. Earlier this year Kyleigh was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus, and while she recovered, the medications she had to stop taking during treatment caused her body to reject the liver. She needed a new kidney and liver. In early July, Kyleigh contracted a bacterial infection that officially suspended her from the transplant list. Kyleigh was in the pediatric intensive care unit at the children’s hospital of Yale-New Haven Hospital. On Tuesday, July 9, she died.

Police Officer Robert Capone Jr., president of the PBA, is a close friend of the Leos family.

“Jay [Leos] is such an incredible person,” Capone said in July, as plans for a fund-raiser were under way. “Even if you’re a stranger, he would do his best to help you out.

“As bad of a time as he is experiencing right now, there is always a bright side he tries to see,” Capone said.

Tickets to the event are $40, with the proceeds from ticket sales going directly into a bank account the organizers have set up for the family. Tickets may be purchased anytime at the Trumbull Police Department, 158 Edison Road. Cash and checks along with donations will also be accepted. Checks should be made payable to the Leos Family Trust.

“We are reaching out to you, the community, to help support this wonderful family in their time of need,” organizers said. “Your presence and contribution would be greatly appreciated.

“Please join us in celebrating the life of Kyleigh and help support one fantastic family.”

For more information, call Capone at 203-261-3665.