Cooks for Christ plate sale to benefit 9-year-old with SMA
Cooks for Christ will hold its next benefit plate sale on Thursday, Oct. 17.
The beneficiary of the plate sale will be Cayden Oquendo. Cayden is a 9-year-old living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 1. Cayden and his mother, Brandi Jones, live in Darlington.
SMA is a terminal genetic disease that affects the ability to walk, talk, move, breathe, and even cough. Cayden needs multiple machines to keep him stable. In 2012, he lost his 10-month-old sister to this same disease. The choice was then made to have him receive a tracheotomy to gain a stable airway. This was done after he went into respiratory distress the same week he lost his baby sister.
Cayden receives Spinraza shots in Greenville every four months to stop the progression of the disease. He and his family also travel to New Jersey to see a pulmonologist who specializes in SMA. The family recently purchased a wheelchair accessible van, but struggle to make the payments each month.
The benefit will be held at the West Florence Fire Station on Pine Needles Road. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner will be served from 4-7 p.m. Drive through lanes will be open for convenience and a bake sale will be held all day. Plates, consisting of chicken bog, green beans, slaw and bread, are $8.
Lunch and dinner can be delivered for orders of seven or more plates.
To donate, please make checks payable to “Prayers for Cayden.” For additional information, please contact Angela Murph at (843) 250-2499, Heather Floyd at (843) 616-4530, or Beverly McKee at (843) 229-0348.