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Howard City Child’s Health Failing; Community Unites

Posted at 4:23 PM, Dec 28, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-28 16:23:41-05

HOWARD CITY, Mich.- Christmas was bittersweet for the family of 4 year-old Breylon Senn of Howard City who battles Mitochondrial Disease. After one of many stays at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, the doctors released him to be with family at home. However, his parents, Ashlee and Gavin Senn, were told this would be his last stay at the facility. Brey’s organs are failing and there is not much left the medical world can do, other than keep him comfortable with medicine through hospice.

Hospice is financially exhausting on the young family of five. Dad can take time off of work, but it is not paid. Not to mention, the family still stares down the fact that Brey’s baby sister, Brynlee, has also been diagnosed with the deadly disease.

Spending time at home for Christmas with Brey, was goal number one; and now, they are pushing for him to celebrate Brynlee and daddy’s birthday on Jan. 11.

The community continues to rally around the Senn’s and are holding a benefit spaghetti dinner from 5p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29 at Stanton’s First Baptist Church, 134 N. Lincoln St.

If you would like to help out the family and can not make the benefit, donations can be sent to The Senn Family, 23534 Almy Rd,, Howard City, MI 49329.