ROCKINGHAM — After a liver and kidney transplant, 4-year-old Bradelyn Douglas is on the mend.
In May 2013, the then-3-year-old was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called oxalosis, which causes calcium oxalate crystals accumulate in the kidneys, heart and other organs. The transplant on July 2, 2013 saved Bradelyn’s life, said his mother, Roxanne Douglas.
“He still has a feeding tube and gets his medication through his tube, but he’s eating better,” Douglas said. “He was on dialysis for two months before the transplant and he’s off that now.”
A benefit motorcycle ride to help young Bradelyn and raise awareness of this rare disease is planned on May 31. The bike run starts at East Laurinburg Baptist Church, 56 5th St., Laurinburg, and ends at Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 276 Hatcher Road, Rockingham.
Registration will begin in Scotland County at 9 a.m. and the 68-mile ride will begin at 10:30 a.m. The price is $15 for single riders and $25 for couples. After the benefit ride ends in Rockingham, a lunch of hot dogs, baked beans, chips, drinks and desserts will be served for riders and anyone who wishes to join them.
“If anyone wants to come out that’s not riding, they’re invited,” Douglas said. “We’re expecting people from as far away as Cary.”
There will be T-shirts for sale, door prizes given away, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction that will include gift cards to Lowe’s Home Improvement, a donated building ramp and a gift basket from Bath and Body Works, among other items.
Riders also will be able to eat for free at the lunch planned in Rockingham and those interested can register to become organ donors.
Bradelyn and his family — Buddy, Roxanne and Alyssa Douglas — said they need everyone’s help. The benefit ride will help Bradelyn on his long road to recovery. Proceeds also will help the Douglas household.
“He’s doing really well now,” Douglas said of her son. “We’ve come a really long way.”
Reach reporter Matt Harrelson at 910-997-3111, ext. 18.