Hope for Hadyn

Published 7:04 am Wednesday, June 17, 2009

By By MaryClaire Foster
Like any other baby her age would, 11-month-old Hadyn Brake alternated between smiles and fussing Saturday as family, friends and strangers came up to greet her at the benefit held in her honor; however, what sets her apart from other children her age is the 12 hours of dialysis she endures daily.
Hadyn’s kidneys were removed in February as a result of congenital nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disease that affects one in 10,000 children.
The benefit, which was organized by Atmore Dialysis Center, was held to raise money for a kidney transplant for Hadyn.
Atmore Dialysis Center has no connection to Hadyn or her family, but after seeing a flyer for another fundraiser for her wanted to do something to help.
To receive a transplant, Hadyn’s family must raise 20 percent of the cost. Hadyn’s mother, Amanda Giveans, said the cost is unknown at this time and they are doing all they can to make the transplant happen.
Giveans said she has been overwhelmed by the support shown to her family. Giveans’ mother, Dell Bass, said the task of raising enough money to afford the procedure was daunting at first, but the community has pulled together to support them.
Donations can be made to help with Hadyn’s medical expenses at any BankTrust location.

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