Crowdfunding raises $61,487 for 7-year-old Maple Ridge boy's surgery

Dec 19 2017, 11:33 am

The crowdfunding campaign for 7-year-old Brayden Grozanich’s surgery has raised a final total of $61,487, in addition to the proceeds from the lemonade sales stand.

Grozdanich suffers from cerebal palsey, a condition that causes his muscles to tighten, and requires surgery in New Jersey to release the tension in his muscles. However, the surgery costs $20,000 but it is needed as physiotherapy has reached its maximum effectiveness.

A similar procedure is available in Canada, although that option has not been taken given that it is much more invasive and could cause Grozdanich to depend on a wheelchair for life.

His parents began a crowdfunding initiative in early-July to help cover the large surgery bill and related expenses for their travels to New Jersey. The campaign captured the public’s attention with the help of Grozdanich’s friend Quinn Callander, who is also the same age, and the plan to have the two boys’ host a lemonade stand fundraiser outside the Pitt Meadows’ Real Canadian Superstore location.

Within the crowdfunding campaign’s first 48 hours last month, the goal of $20,000 was raised. The campaign ended over the weekend, raising an ultimate amount of $61,487 towards not only Grozanich’s upcoming surgical procedure but also other long-term medical and non-medical needs.

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