$31,000 RAISED FOR PIERCE COUNTY BABY
That needs specialized medical care
October 16, 2012
Seven-month-old Casen Buswell. $31,000 has been raised to date to help with his medical expenses.
(REGIONAL) -- People throughout the Northwest have opened their hearts and wallets for a 7-month old Pierce County baby that needs special medical care to keep him alive.
Seven-month-old Casen Buswell is one of only 14 people on the planet that suffers from a rare vascular condition called “GVM Plaque Type.”
What it means is that plaque is hardening the boy’s blood vessels as well as muscles and skin, all of which could lead to heart failure if left untreated.
And as it turns out, as good as medical care is in America the only place with established treatment for this condition is in Belgium – which makes transportation and lodging for the family a very expensive proposition.
But thanks to two major efforts, $31,000 has been raised to date to help the family with expenses.
Ron Cook, who drag races at the Evergreen Speedway in Monroe raffled off his prized 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air classic car for $10,000 selling hundreds of raffle tickets and then donated the money to Casen’s family.
And the woman who won the car, Della Phillip turned around and gave the car back to him to raffle off again to raise more money.
And viewers of KOMO-TV who saw the boy’s plight on a TV news story have so far sent in $21,000 in donations.
There’s a video report on Chasen’s battle for life here