Events to help Birch Bay boy with rare allergies

Published on Thu, Jul 24, 2008 by Tara Nelson

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Events to help Birch Bay boy with rare allergies

By Tara Nelson

A series of local fundraising events will benefit a 3-year-old boy who suffers from rare food allergies.

Jayden Ewing-VanderYacht, of Birch Bay, suffers from a rare condition called eosinophilic esophagitis, which prevents him from eating almost all foods.

His parents, Shaysee and Brad, long-time Ferndale residents who recently moved here, say he is currently only able to eat grapes, cabbage, onion and avocados but that could change if a planned series of treatments at the National Jewish Research and Medical Center in Denver, Colorado are successful.

“It’s a disease that prevents him from eating the foods he would typically want to eat at this age,” she said. “He wants to eat those foods and it’s so hard to tell him ‘No, you can’t eat.’”

The couple has scheduled a car wash from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at the Shell gas station on Main Street in Ferndale. Friends and family will also sell baked goods and refreshments.

Proceeds from the event will help pay for travel and lodging expenses for Jayden and Shaysee while he undergoes treatment in Denver this September.

“We are hoping when we bring him back he will be able to eat just a handful of things,” she said. “Right now, it’s just grapes, coleslaw and formula, which keeps him alive.”

They have also scheduled a garage sale for August 2 at 1828 Harksell Road in Ferndale.

“We were just hoping to get enough to pay airfare and a hotel,” she said. “The insurance covers some medical bills but nothing that is nutrition-related, which is most of his treatment.”

The couple has also set up an account under Jayden’s name at any Whatcom County branch of Washington Mutual bank. For more information, call 820-1694.