Event raises $10,000 for Peyton McCaughey

Posted at 11:40 PM, Oct 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-02 23:40:22-04

STUART, Fla-- A community continues to come together to support a Martin County 10-year-old recovering from brain damage.

The family says Peyton McCaughey fell extremely ill after their Palm City home was fumigated for termites.

Friday night was just the latest in a series of generous fundraisers, following this tragedy that has hit close to home for many.
"You want to do something, but it's like what can you do," said Katrina Duesterhaus, GM of The Stillery, a bar in Stuart. "This was something we were actually able to do and bring everyone together."

The family says there is promising improvement. Less than 3 weeks ago, Peyton could hardly sit on his own, now he's starting to communicate, even starting to walk. 

"It's not a very graceful gait, but it is very beautiful to us," said, Peyton's uncle, Ed Gribben. "That he's able to get on his feet and move around a little bit."

Friday night's fundraiser at The Stillery had everything from a live auction to several items up for raffle. Even a portion of the bar sales went to support Peyton.

In the end they raised more than $10,000 dollars.

"You know, you're always expecting to help others not ask for help, and to have them there for you is really heartwarming," said Gribben.

The items from Friday night's fundraiser were all donated by local business or private donors.

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