Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Breaking News

November 15, 2012

Goshen fire fighters take boy with muscular dystrophy under their wing

GOSHEN — Lisa Crawford wasn’t looking for a handout when she stopped by the College Avenue Fire Station last February. She wanted to let the firemen know about the upcoming Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Muscle Walk and hoped they might donate a little to help find a cure.

Ever since her 9-year-old son Brendon was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a 100 percent fatal disease, Lisa has been on a quest to see that a cure is found before she loses her son.

This severe, progressive muscle-wasting condition causes most children to be wheelchair bound by the time they are 12. Life expectancy is late teens to early 20s.

What Lisa got when she entered that fire station was not only money to donate to the MDA Muscle Walk, but financial assistance for her family and a friendship between firemen and family that will stay the course.

“She didn’t ask us for help,” said Fireman Courtney Snyder. “But we were looking for someone in the community who we could support in some way.”

Snyder got the OK from the Goshen Professional Fire Fighters Local 1443 and the station has helped the family with its frequent trips to Cincinnati for doctor’s visits.

Brendon loves to visit the fire station — just a few blocks from his home — and hang out with his new friends. He also loves to look at the fire trucks and ambulance close up. Sometimes he even gets a sandwich out of the deal.

“Every time the trucks go by the house Brendon says, ‘There goes my friends,’” Crawford said. “He wants to stop by more than I can make happen.”

During a recent late afternoon visit, several of the firemen took out a brand new truck and extended the ladder for Brendon, his mom and his dad, Mark, to check out.

Brendon often brings by pictures he has drawn and his mom makes treats for the firemen.

“I so appreciate the support and kindness they’ve shown us,” Crawford said.

Snyder agrees that it’s a special relationship.

“We want to be there for the family,” Snyder said. “We want to be in Brendon’s life as long a possible.”

1
Text Only
Breaking News
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Poll

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results