TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Local Papa John's restaurants are taking part in a fundraiser to help a sick child with family in the Tri-Cities.
The restaurants will donate 20 percent of any order placed online during the fundraiser to the family of Camden. Camden, a two-year-old boy who lives in Florida, suffers from serious congenital heart defects.
Camden's father, Dustin Ayers, is a graduate of Hanford High School, and his mother, Carrie, is from Benton City. All of his grandparents still live in the Tri-Cities area.
If you'd like to contribute, you can go to papajohns.com and place an order. You must use the promo code "Camden" to participate.
The fundraiser is open only to people in Pasco, Kennewick, Richland, West Richland, and Benton City. It will continue until Apr. 16.
More information on Camden's condition from his family is below:
In Dec 2012, after Camden's second heart surgery we attempted to move to from Florida to Washington state where we are from, and our families live. Dustin was also getting out of the Army. We made it to California where Camden became very sick. Camden coded in the ER as soon as he got intubated, and once we arrived to CHOC they recommended we put him on ecmo. A few hours after he had been on ecmo he coded a second time. We were faced with a decision on where to go from there because CHOC was unable to do anything else for him. Camden developed a stomach bleed and had to have emergency surgery where they literally decanulated him from ecmo, and made the incision from exploratory surgery for his stomach bleed. We also found out that Camden lost oxygen during one of the times he coded, resulting in a bilateral brain injury in his movement centers.
We made the very tough decision to move back to Gainesville,Fl because we believed this was what was best for Camden. And we to this day believe that we made the right choice. The second he realized where he was you could see him relax, and Camden loves his medical team. (Seattle can only do 1 transplant, Gainesville can do double transplant.)
Camden just got out of the hospital, and while there he was moved to a DNR and can no long be on the transplant list. They doctors have did everything they could, but not in Camden's favor. So Mom and Dad wait while his little life leaves his body and he becomes an angel.....