Stepping up to help a love one in need, 7-year-old Quinn Callender has launched a YouCaring campaign to raise funds for his friend Brayden, who has been struggling with a terrible disease known. Although he was only looking to raise $20,000, the British Columbia resident has raised over $50,000 on the platform.
Quinn has set up a lemonade stand and, with the help of his parents, has been able to reach supporters through social media. Quinn’s mom, Heather Roney, has continued to remain supportive of his son’s mission and revealed to CBC, “He built [a lemonade stand] out of cardboard, and I said let’s think bigger than that. Let’s go bigger. So I put a website together and put it on my Facebook. I shared it, and my friends shared it, and it took off from there.”
According to the campaign’s website, Quinn and his friend Brayden are both 7-years-old, go to the same school and are in Beaver Scouts together. Unfortunately, Brayden has cerebral palsy, which makes it difficult for him to walk due to his muscles being extremely tight. The boy has to attend daily physiotherapy to keep him walking and sometimes the treatment hurts him.
Brayden now has to undergo a special surgery to help release the muscle tightness and spastic action. This surgery cannot be done in Canada, only the U.S. Brayden and his family will be traveling to New Jersey in August for the operation. Since the surgery is not being done in Canada, Brayden parents have to pay $20,000.
CBC also noted the disease has affected Brayden’s right arm and leg. His father, Travis Grozdanich said, the boy needs surgery that – if successful – could have him walking without braces. He also added that a different type of surgery is available in Canada, but it could leave his son wheelchair bound.
“In Canada, the surgery is more invasive than it is in New Jersey,” Grozdanich explained. “In New Jersey, there’s the possibility he’ll be walking out the hospital that same day.”
The campaign will run up till Brayden’s surgery in August.
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