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Friends of Bessie and Patrick are uniting to raise funds to help with the financial burden associated with the heart condition of their son.

Grayson Edward was born on February 21, 2012. Grayson was born with a complicated and rare congenital heart condition. The treatment for this type of defect is known as the "Norwood Procedure" and consists of three surgeries. Grayson had the first surgery when he was 8 days old and is expected to get the second surgery when he is about one year old and the third when he is around three. Even after these 3 surgeries, there could be more and he could possibly require a heart transplant some day. Grayson tolerated the first surgery well and was making a nice recovery. Unfortunately, after Grayson's surgery his heart could not keep pace on its own and a pacemaker was required. Grayson underwent the surgery to insert the pacemaker on 3/15/12 and there were unexpected complications. Currently, Grayson is on ECMO, which does the work of his heart and lungs while he awaits a 2nd attempt at the pacemaker surgery.

Grayson's mommy, Bessie and dad, Patrick are so thankful for all the support they have received so far from friends and family. Your kind words and prayers have meant so much to them. Many loved ones have asked if there was anything they could do to help. Bessie and Patrick just asked for their prayers.

However, I know what a financial burden this has been on the two of them. Bessie spends every waking moment by Grayson's side at Wolfson's Children's Hospital and it is unknown when, if at all, she will be able to return to work. Neither Bessie or Patrick have benefits that pay them to be off of work. They are spending a lot in gas money to go to and from the hospital everyday. Some nights they even just sleep in a chair in Grayson's hospital room in the pediatric ICU. Even buying food everyday at the hospital is putting a strain on them financially.

I know they would never ask for anything, but they need some help right now. Anything you could give would help this family tremendously. A meal, a gallon of gas, anything means something to them. Having some of the finacial burden lifted would be one less thing for them to worry about. If you aren't in a position to help financially, please, please keep those prayers coming.
Thank you and God Bless.

If you would prefer, you can mail a check made payable to Bessie Henderson to:
BBVA Compass Bank
Attn: Christi Helms
536 Blanding Blvd.
Orange Park, FL 32073
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