Send Brandon to Camp

For: Brandon Maher
Organizer: Sally Maher
$5,320
of $5,000 goal
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Hello! My name is Brandon and I am 5 years old. I can make sounds, babble, roll over, turn pages in books, and I love to laugh and give hugs. My favorite food is yogurt with bananas and strawberry milk, because I don't like to chew. In Texas, I get two hours of therapy a week, but my mama and dada put me in a camp this past summer where I got 5 hours of therapy a day. I learned a lot! I learned to sit up faster and I put my feet flat on the ground and stood up. I learned to move my left foot and then my right foot while holding on to a ladder and I would go forward. I heard my mama and dada get so excited and say, "B, are you walking?! Are you really walking?!" My big brother, Chance, started jumping up and down. Their smiles made me laugh and I wanted to do it more! It was a lot of hard work, but I felt stronger and I learned that I could reach things and I could see better when I was up. Now my parents are trying to send me to another camp in Canada so I can learn more, I really hope I can go. Hello! We are Brandon's parents, Brian and Sally Maher. Brandon is diagnosed with encephalopathy and hypotonia. This means the messages from his brain to his muscles are cloudy. Ability Camp is a 5 week camp in Picton, Ontario that uses Conductive Education in conjunction with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to reroute the messages and enhance the communication from his brain to his muscles. The cost of the camp is $5989 and we are estimating travel at $2500. Health insurance does not cover the cost of the camp, it is all out of pocket. The camp is from November 12-December 14 of this year, if we wait until the next session the cost increases by $3000. Any donations are appreciated to help Brandon. God bless everyone for your donations and keeping our family in your thoughts and prayers. Donations can be accepted 3 different ways: 1. Clicking "Give" on the right hand side of this page. 2. Deposit at any Wells Fargo Branch to "Brandon Cole Maher SNT" account. 3. Checks can be made out to "Brandon Maher, SNT" and mailed to: Wells Fargo c/o Deposits 10659 Culebra Road San Antonio, TX 78251 * Brandon's account at Wells Fargo is a Supplemental Needs Trust that is bound to legal paperwork, prepared by Anna Torres, Attorney at Law. Funds can only be withdrawn for Brandon's care and expenses. * In the event that fundraising exceeds our goal, the funds will remain in Brandon's account for future medical expenses. Ability Camp information can be found at www.abilitycamp.com Thank you for visiting our page! Maher Family

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 27, 2012 by Sally Maher
Brandon has been doing very well at Ability Camp.  He came in bearing weight and taking a few steps with support, and he has definitely gotten stronger and more confident.  The camp lets parents and caregivers go in twice a week to learn his exercises.  With your donations we have been able to purchase a "slider" for him to do his exercises at home, and some orthotic shoes that aren't covered by insurance.  He is also doing well in hyperbarics.  Thank you for continuing to be interested in his progress. 

Posted on October 26, 2012 by Sally Maher
We have reached our goal!!! We will get Brandon all bundled up for Canada soon... Thank you to everyone who donated, shared Brandon's cause, and prayed for our family. We hope to share pictures and video soon. We would also like to thank youcaring.com, PayPal, and Facebook for creating these avenues to help people with their dreams and needs.
We have been truly blessed by your generosity. We knew Brandon was loved, but this was truly overwhelming... Lots of love-Maher Family

Posted on October 24, 2012 by Sally Maher
Brandon is scheduled to leave for camp on Thursday, November 8th! Your donations, prayers, and support have made it possible!!!
Lots of Love- Maher Family

Posted on October 16, 2012 by Sally Maher
We have been very blessed and overwhelmed by your donations here and offline.  We wanted you to know that we have sent the deposit for Brandon to go to Ability Camp! We appreciate your continued support and prayers for Brandon.

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