An auction and benefit party to help pay medical expenses for 14-year-old Shawn Stoneman will be Friday at St. Francis Church in Provo.

The Provo High School freshman was recently diagnosed with "aplastic anemia," a blood disease that is often fatal. The disease destroys the bone marrow's ability to produce blood cells.Efforts are under way to raise $150,000 so Shawn can begin treatment at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. At the center, Shawn will receive a marrow transplant and chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Admission to Friday's benefit party is free. The event will be from 7 p.m. to midnight. Food, a musical program and the auction will be featured during the evening.

Items to be sold include a gingerbread house, a 45-piece china set, a completely decorated Christmas tree, a bicycle and many other items.

The event is open to the public. Anyone who would like to donate items for the auction or food for the party is invited to do so.

Monetary contributions can be made to the Robert Shawn Stoneman Trust at First Security Bank.