“As Brody’s brain is growing, he’s running out of space. Boston Children’s Hospital has the best specialized neurosurgeon in PVL and doctors for Brody’s condition,” Leigh said. “We need to get there as soon as possible, but we’re hoping to make it at least by June. The surgery will help his brain be able to completely grow. We’ll have to stay there for at least a week.”
The family hopes to raise $12,000 to help fund the Boston trip and purchase a specialized bed and a small therapy pool.
“It’s hard raising a special needs child, but I try to make it as normal as possible for him and our family,” Leigh said. “I don’t see Brody different from any other child; he laughs, he loves food and he loves everybody. I want things to be as normal for Brody as it can be.”
The family held a “A Walk for Brody” fundraiser in November 2012, where they were able to raise $1,100. The proceeds helped Brody purchase a gait trainer, which has helped him gain strength to hold up his upper body.
Last weekend, Little Miss Style Salon held a yard sale with Hope, Brody’s older sister, and her friends Audrey Uzzo and Lexie Morris taking charge. The girls raised $367.
“The girls felt like they wanted to help Brody,” Leigh said. “We’re thankful to everybody that comes and helps us. We’re very grateful and appreciative for everyone and we’re hopeful for Brody’s future.”
For more information, to make a monetary donation, or help with fundraising ideas, visit www.gofundme.com/5vla64, or the Brody’s Love Facebook page.
“If anyone who has never met Brody gave him a chance, their lives would be changed. Brody is sent here to do a job, and he’s doing it on so many people,” Leigh said. “Everyday I fight for Brody. We want Brody to be able to live on. I don’t want to lose him.”
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