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Family Raising Money for Son's Medical Needs

5:08 PM, Jan 12, 2011   |    comments
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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- A First Coast family is struggling financially to give their son the medical attention he needs.  After two brain surgeries, Brayden Wendorff is having unexplained strokes.

The 6-year-old was diagnosed with Chiari malformation in 2010.  It is a condition that restricts fluid from flowing from his spine to his brain.  Two brain surgeries have eased that problem, but have added a new risk.

"If he falls and hits the back of his head, because his derma is cut in half and there's a graph there, it could bust and he'd be gone," said his mother Amanda Wendorff.

She's now focused on her son's latest health concern.  He recently had a stroke and doctors tell her he has another blood clot forming, which could cause another stroke.

As a concerned mother, she wants to give him the proper treatment to prevent another stroke, but she said doctors don't know why the blood clots are forming.

"No one can give me an explanation," she said.

After researching several options, she found a pediatric neurologist in Boston who thinks they can help.

"I need Boston. I really need Boston," she said.

The family is asking for the community support.  The young boy's dad is a Clay County sheriff's deputy and his mom has helped put on several fundraisers for The Somer Thompson Foundation.

There are a couple of fundraisers planned to get the family to Boston by the first of February.  The donations will help pay for plane tickets, a hotel, rental car and meals.

On Jan. 15, there will be a car wash starting at 9 a.m. at the AutoZone in Middleburg, located at 2630 Blanding Blvd.

On Jan. 29, there will be a rummage sale/silent auction/family fun day from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Clay County FOP Lodge at 2547 County Road 220.

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