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Community rallies to support Fort Macleod boy

Donna Friesen

Donna Friesen cooked up pots of spaghetti Friday for the Bradyn Boot fund-raiser.

Hannah Boot quilt

Herman Smelt auctions a handmade quilt held by Hannah Boot

Greg Smelt

Greg Smelt displays a pie during the live auction.

Fort Macleod and district residents turned out in force Friday to support an 11-year-old boy and his family.
Family, friends and other community members packed the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall to rise $19,000 toward Bradyn Boot’s trip to a U.S. hospital.
Bradyn and his mother Jaime leave Aug. 7 for a hospital in Cincinnati where doctors will perform surgery that will relieve the boy’s pain caused by intestinal neuronal dysplasia.
“I am very blessed to have such a wonderful community and family and friends,” Bradyn said. “I feel so blessed to receive this support.”
About 270 people enjoyed a spaghetti dinner before bidding on auction items donated by people and businesses in Fort Macleod and other communities.
Bradyn, a Grade 6 student at G.R. Davis school, was diagnosed three years ago with intestinal neuronal dysplasia, a disease of the intestine that affects one in 3,000 children and adults.
People with intestinal neuronal dysplasia have a problem with the motor neurons that lead to the intestine, inhibiting this process and thus preventing digestion.
The Boots weren’t satisfied with the doctors’ suggestion of putting a tube in Bradyn and leaving it there for 11 years to deal with the intestinal neuronal dysplasia.
They discovered the only colorectal hospital in the U.S., where surgery is available to ease Bradyn’s pain.
The surgery in Cincinnati will cost the Boots $30,000 to $40,000 and so far the provincial government will not provide financial assistance.
Following a spaghetti dinner Friday night, people bid freely on a variety of items in live and silent auctions.
“We have been so touched by this community of family and friends,” Jaime Boot said. “God has blessed us so much.”
Auction items included sports gear such as golf clubs, a treadmill, inversion table, vibration trainer, Bowflex gym, exercise ball, jungle gym and yoga gear.
Personal care items such as Hempz body scrub, facial treatments and manicures were auctioned, along with a library membership, air hockey table, quilt, oak serving table, hand-made chess board, tool cabinet with tools and a framed Edmonton Oilers poster.
Other items included a post pounder, kitchen faucet, camping barbecue, tire rotation and inspection, CVI inspection, necklace, hot stone grill, colour printer and rug.
“To live in a community that cares about the life of a young boy, who most had never met, is absolutely a blessing from God, and we do not take it for granted,” Jaime Boot said.

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