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This fundraiser ended on 08/05/12

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Family and friends are coming together to support the Pettit Family as they begin to cope with the unimaginable loss of their little boy.

Funny. Caring. A smile that could light up the whole room. At four years old, Drake Ross Pettit was 100 percent certifiably cute. Drake was just a little boy, but his heart and his spirit were gigantic. On June 29, Drake was taken from this life far too soon, and his parents, three young siblings, devoted grandparents, aunts and uncles are left devastated.

Nothing can ease the pain of losing a child. No words, no amount of money, no amount of hugs. But in an effort to help ease the burden on the parents of this beautiful little boy in some real way, (and unbeknownst to them) family and close friends are trying to raise funds for the significant, unexpected medical expenses, as well as his funeral expenses.

To give you some context, Drake died as the result of an accidental drowning. Following the accident, he was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he underwent an experimental trial that attempted to reduce the significant amounts of swelling in his brain. From the trial therapy and the constant monitoring by staff, to the numerous labs and tests, as well as the week-long stay in the PICU, the hospital costs added up quickly. The family’s insurance covers only so much.

After a week of hoping, praying, and trying everything they could, it was time to let his little body rest. The organ donation team took over, so that their loss could help someone else in need. And this is why we are raising money. Both because no parent should have to pay for the funeral of their baby boy, and because no people are more giving - to their children, to their families, to people they don’t even know - than Drake’s parents. Thank you for helping us help them, and may God bless you and your families.
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