Friends and family will gather on Saturday, May 31st from 6pm – 9pm at the Wing Warehouse in Broadview Heights, Ohio to raise support for Peyton McCarthy, a 22 month old boy who can best be described by those who know him as a miracle.
Peyton and his twin brother, Kyle, were born at just 28 weeks, 5 days due to complications mom Nichole experienced with the medical condition pre-eclampsia. Peyton weighed 2lbs 5oz and Kyle weighed 2lbs 3oz at birth. Both babies were found to have patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a congenital disorder in which part of their hearts weren’t closed yet. Doctors tried to fix the PDA with 2 rounds of Indocin. It worked for Kyle, but not for Peyton.
At two weeks old, Peyton got really sick with necrotizing entercolitis. He was intubated and then required bowel surgery but his small body couldn’t handle such a procedure until his heart was fixed and he reached at least 4 pounds. Peyton was transferred to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for his heart surgery, which occurred on September 10th, 2012. These traumatic events made Nichole and husband Martin realize they needed to move from Phoenix back home to Cleveland, Ohio in order to have the full support of family and friends during such a trying time.
Thus far in his young life, Peyton has experienced extended stays in hospitals in Arizona and Ohio, suffered 3 seizures, and undergone 8 surgeries. Peyton has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, reflux, PVL, short gut, and global developmental delay. Peyton and Kyle continue to have many doctor visits and therapies.
Needless to say, Nichole and Martin continue to make enormous sacrifices and do what is necessary to take care of Peyton, Kyle, and their two older sisters, Caitlin and Kenzie. As medical bills and care expenses for the boys continue to mount, the family needs the support of their community now more than ever.
There are a number of ways you can positively contribute to this important fundraising event:
Make a tax-deductible donation to Hope Strengthens Foundation by visiting www.hopestrengthens.org. In turn, 100% of your donation will go to the McCarthy family as a part of our on-going campaign to support the family and cover past, present, and future medical expenses for Peyton’s care. Please note: When completing your donation, please note that your contribution is for the McCarthy family.
Purchase tickets to the event ($25 each).
Help spread the word and drive attendance at the event.
Volunteer to help at the event.
For additional information, please contact Missy Trapp-Siebenhar: