Nikki Judd says everyday for her 12-year-old son, Braden, is tough after spraining his ankle during soccer practice last September.
“It’s a daily struggle. The pain is intense,” Judd said.
His pain worsened to the point of becoming unbearable and leaving him unable to walk on his own. After a series of doctor’s visits, Judd said Braden was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – CRPS.
It’s a nerve disease with no known cure, but Judd said there are treatments available.
“Calm therapy is basically putting the little sticky pads on you. They send electric currents through you, luckily not painful. But this resets your nervous system and hopefully will put it into remission and ease its pain in order to do so. let him be able to walk again, ”Judd said.
Judd and Braden travel to Florida in August for a Calmare therapy appointment. All in an effort to end Braden’s constant pain.
“It’s really tough. There are only a few things I can do. I can’t really go out and do a lot of things,” Braden said.
Judd said the trip would cost $ 9,600. At the last check, a GoFundMe page raised $ 5,400 and it continues. Jenn’s Place in Hemlock is holding a fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday to help with expenses. They will donate 20% of all sales during that four hour period for the trip to Florida.
“We just want to help Braden be a kid again and let him know we support him,” said Jennifer Neiderquill, owner of Jenn’s Place.
Jenn’s Place isn’t the only company to help. Austin’s Flowers and Gifts is featuring items donated by area businesses for a raffle to raise more money to reduce the financial burden of Braden’s treatment.
“Thank you,” Braden said.
Judd is grateful to everyone who has already made a donation. She said it would mean the world to her for Braden to be pain free.
“Being a 12 year old boy and being able to walk but having to do it with a walker is heartbreaking and being able to see him again with his friends would be great,” Judd said.