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$15K raised at fundraiser for Peyton McCaughey

Posted at 9:07 AM, Sep 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-13 09:07:14-04

A community in Martin County is coming together to help 10-year-old Peyton McCaughey. He's recovering at a Broward County hospital after his Palm City home was fumigated last month.

His uncle says he's making a bit of progress each day. He hopes the money raised Saturday night at the Stuart Boathouse will help Peyton's parents, who are by their son's side 24/7.

"They've been staying at hotels to get rest," said Ed Gribben, Peyton's uncle. "When not at the hospital they've not been home for any kind of meals. They have to eat out and there's going to be a lot of expenses to bear once he does come home."

Hundreds turned out for the fundraiser. Volunteers wore shirts saying 'Peyton Strong' honoring the little boy.

He would have been in teacher Meredith Lahara's fourth grade class at Bessey Creek Elementary School. "I met his family and I thought what an amazing kid and so it really was devastating to hear that this had happened," said Lahara,

People like Stacey White, who never met Peyton, came out too. "I want to help in any way I can," she said. "I hope to God something like that never happens to anybody else. Awful. It's every parents worst nightmare."

The fundraiser raised more than $15,000.

Another one was also held at the Treasure Coast YMCA that raised more than $1,800.

 

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