The Muscatine Community has once again answered the call to action. Several area businesses, organizations, and individuals have donated goods, services, and financial support to one of the smallest heroes among the community.
Four-year-old Hayden Daufeldt has been featured in the Voice of Muscatine in the past. In the January 4 edition, we told the story of Hayden and his family being the recipients of a special trip to Florida as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
At 22 months, Hayden was diagnosed with pineoblastoma, a fast-growing brain tumor in the pineal gland that originates in the neuroepethial cells. Hayden underwent a series of surgeries to remove the mass.
Just days before Christmas, Hayden had yet another surgery to remove a mass that had developed behind his eye. The surgery was considered a success, and the family was cautiously hoping healing would begin.
In early March, the family received news that another tumor had formed, with the doctors reluctantly declaring the tumor to be inoperable. Hayden is currently undergoing a series of radiation treatments with the hope that the process could potentially stop the growth or, in the best scenario, kill the tumor.
Vintage Sound’s Tony Tone and his wife Kasey have worked to set up a fundraiser for the family. “We have been friends with the family for several years. Our kids are around the same age,” Tony explains.
“When we heard the news, we talked about what we could do. We couldn’t just sit around and feel bad. Kasey and I decided to act,” Tony explains. “If my position can do anything at all, I would hope we would be able to reach the most people possible to make it work.”
A fundraiser for the family has been planned for Tuesday, April 4 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Missipi Brew. During the event, 20% of all food and drink proceeds will be donated to the family. In addition, several in the community have donated to the event.
A silent auction is scheduled and will include a wide variety of entries, including autographed sports memorabilia, sports performance packages, HON chairs, an Isabelle Bloom figure, and A Guy and A Grill catering package, among several other items. In addition to the auction, several raffle items have been donated by local businesses. One individual donated a backyard swing set valued at over $1800 for the raffle.
Raffle tickets are available prior to the event. For information on the tickets, contact Tony directly.
Donations are still being taken for the event. For more information on the event, search “Hayden’s Heroes Night!” on Facebook under events, or email Tony at [email protected] Donations are being accepted at the radio station during regular business hours.
For individuals who would like to donate but are unable to attend the event, a “gofundme” account has been established at https://www.gofundme.com/hayden-daufeldt-heros.
According to Tony, “We know that money does not solve everything, and it certainly isn’t going to make Hayden healthy. But we would like to be able to show support to Cory and Kendra and their family. We want them to be able to focus on Hayden and spending their time with him without having to worry about putting gas in the car to drive to the University for treatments every day. We want them to feel how much the community loves and supports them.”