As part of the fundraising effort to help offset medical expenses for 8 year old Bain Hammett, family members and friends came together and organized the Shoes For Bain “Shoe Drive” over the weekend in Centre and as expected the event was a great success.
Bain’s mother Rebecca told WEIS Radio News that thanks to the efforts of everyone working collectively, they were able to collect 30 bags of shoes which brings the total amount to date to 85 bags.
These shoes will be turned in to agencies who specialize in the collection of such items with all proceeds going toward the purchase of a handicap-accessible van.
The family would also like to extend their appreciation to Mrs. Teresa Starr, Donnica Starr and Rashida Starr Dupree along with members of The Legacy Club. The Legacy Club is a community service club made up of students from Cherokee County Schools consisting of 22 members and 11 advisors, the main purpose of the group is to get students more involved in community events such as this.
The fundraiser will be held again in the same location the second week of June; shoes will be collected through the end of June.
Also look for them at Leesburg Park Saturday, May 21st during the “KTH Color Run”; family members will be at the registration table starting at 7:30 that morning.
Bain Hammett was an extremely active, healthy child until December 2012, when at the age of four, he was found unresponsive and having seizures.
A CAT Scan at Floyd Medical Center in Rome showed several areas of swelling on the brain; Bain was then transferred to Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta where he spent around three weeks in the Intensive Care Unit; most of that in a medically induced coma, to prevent any further swelling of the brain.
This was followed by several weeks of intensive rehab therapy at Scottish Rite Hospital and several more weeks of similar therapy once he returned home. Since that time Bain has continued to recover and medical expenses are on-going.