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A Day for Bray hopes to help many lives
07.21 brayden alleman
Six-year-old Brayden Alleman is fighting leukemia and “A Day for Bray” will be held Saturday at the Effingham YMCA. - photo by Photo provided

The community is rallying to help one young Effingham County boy who has been diagnosed with leukemia.

“A Day for Bray” will be held this Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Effingham YMCA and part of the activities will include a bone marrow drive for 6-year-old Brayden Alleman.

“It’s going to be a large and fun event for a good cause,” said Jennifer Bendetti.

The $25 fee for registration for the National Marrow Donor Program will be waived, according to Bendetti.

YMCA members will get into the activities for free and there will be a $5 fee for non-members. That will allow them to use the workout areas and the pool.

Bendetti also praised the efforts of the YMCA in helping with the fundraiser.

“They’ve just been amazing to us,” she said.

Bendetti and Hollie Kesler have arranged the “Day for Bray,” which also will raise money to defray the family’s medical costs. Concessions will be on sale at the event, with proceeds going toward Alleman’s care.

“Karin’s neighborhood is just like a family,” Bendetti said of Brayden’s mother.

Bendetti became acquainted with them through the Mothers With Preschoolers program at First Baptist Church of Rincon.

“When we found out about Brayden’s condition, we just rallied together,” she said. “It’s refreshing to see how the Y and the community has supported this event. People have been so generous, and the family has been so appreciative.”

Bendetti said the event organizers want the family to be able to focus on Brayden’s medical care and not on where the money for the care is coming from. An account has been set up at Bank of America for contributions.

And even if they aren’t a match for Alleman, those who sign up for bone marrow testing may be able to help someone else, Bendetti said.

“People who can’t come can still sign up for the national bone marrow center,” she said.