Community fundraiser planned for local youth
On May 18 there will be spaghetti dinner to benefit Candon Westervelt. The dinner will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Waverly Barton Fire Station on the William Donnelly Parkway in Waverly, N.Y. There will be basket raffles, a silent auction and much more. The cost of the meal is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and veterans, $4 for children aged five to 12, and ages four and under are free. Dine in or take out. For more information or to donate, contact Dave or Judy Curtis at (607) 598-2358.
Candon Westervelt, age 9, was diagnosed with Rasmussens Encephalitis, a rare and incurable disease which most commonly attacks those between the age of two and 10 years old. A complete hemispherectomy of the affected side was the only option to keep it from spreading to the other hemisphere.
After four brain surgeries, the seizures continued, and more than tripled in number each month. On April 25, Westervelt had the right side of his brain removed at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to treat the disease.
Since the surgery, Candon has been moved to the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore for rehabilitation and works daily on his speech, comprehension and movements. The Waverly Elementary School student and Lockwood resident is now on the mend. The seizures that Westervelt experienced, sometimes numbering 90 per month, are now gone.
To read more of Candon's story, visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/cwestervelt/.