A pair of friends will be at the entrance of Pitt Meadows’ Real Canadian Superstore this Sunday in an effort to raise money for an expensive surgery that one of the boys will be undertaking.
Seven-year-old Brayden Grozdanich suffers from cerebal palsey, a condition that causes his muscles to tighten, and his family is spending $20,000 on a surgery in New Jersey as a last resort as the effects of physiotherapy have reached its limitations.
Grozdanich also has the option of taking a similar surgery in Canada to release the tension in his muscles, but the procedure is much more invasive. In addition to a longer recovery time, there is a high risk that it could cause him to depend on a wheelchair for life.
His friend Quinn Callander, who is also the same age, will be joining him this Sunday at the lemonade sale. Both boys go to the same school together and first became friends when they were in kindergarten.
In addition to the lemonade sale, Grozdanich’s parents have started a crowd funding campaign to raise money to help cover their sons’ operation bill and their travel costs. Already, the campaign has raised nearly $7,000 of its $20,000 goal.
Grozdanich and Callander will be hosting the lemonade stand outside the Pitt Meadows Superstore on Lougheed Highway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 6.
You can also support their cause by donating online here.
Here’s a letter written by Callander in support of his friend:
Hi my name is Quinn, and this is my buddy Brayden.We are both 7 years old. We go to the same school and we are in Beaver Scouts together. Brayden has Cerebral Palsy, this makes it challenging for him to walk well because his muscles are very tight. Sometimes he can’t keep up with the rest of the other Beavers and he falls down a lot. Brayden get’s daily physio therapy to keep him walking. Sometimes it really hurts him. When I was at his physio, I tried to keep Brayden calm when he was in pain. My Mom told me Brayden is going to have a special surgery to help release the muscle tightness and spastic action. The surgery is not done here in Canada, only in the USA. Brayden and his Mom will be travelling there in August for the operation. Since the surgery is not done in Canada, Braydens Mom and Dad have to pay for it. The surgery will cost $20,000. Please help me raise money to help my friend Brayden, he is a really good guy.
Featured Image: Grozdanich family