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Crowd funding campaign for 7-year-old boy's surgery reaches $20,000 target

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DH Vancouver Staff Jul 04, 2014 5:39 pm

Within approximately 48 hours, the crowd funding campaign to raise funds for seven-year-old Brayden Grozdanich’s surgery reached its target goal of $20,000.

The Maple Ridge boy suffers from cerebal palsey and his family is spending $20,000 on a special expensive surgery in New Jersey that will release the tension in his muscles.

His parents started a crowd funding page in an effort to raise money for their son, but it was his son’s friend that caused the campaign to go viral on social media and ultimately reach its target goal within the first few days of launch.

Quinn Callander, who is also seven years old, wrote a letter and appeared in a video pleading for the public to donate for his friend. In addition, the two boys are slated to host a lemonade stand outside the entrance of the Real Canadian Superstore location at Pitt Meadows this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds go towards Grozdanich’s procedure and the family’s travel costs.

A similar surgery exists in Canada, but its variation is much more invasive and could cause him to depend on a wheelchair for life.

Here’s the 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.

Thank you
Love Quinn

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