Benefit for Bradley tomorrow at Hickory Grove Baptist

Published 12:59 pm Friday, September 17, 2010

A benefit is being held tomorrow to help cover medical costs for Bradley Dittemore, who is 12 weeks old.

The baby had heart surgery when he was about nine weeks old to correct a coarctation of his aorta, or what is described as a kink.

Parents Stacy and Lee Dittemore attend Hickory Grove Church in Green Creek, where Lee Dittemore is the youth pastor.

The benefit will be held from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will include a breakfast, yard sale, hot dog lunch, raffles, a silent auction and a bake sale.

The church is located at 368 Hickory Grove Church Road off Hwy. 14 in Green Creek.

Bradleys condition resulted in him not getting enough blood flow to the bottom half of his body. Stacy Dittemore says they found out about Bradleys problem on Aug. 9, when he was just seven weeks old.

Born on June 17, Bradley had heart surgery on Aug. 24 at University of South Carolina Medical Center in Charleston, S.C. He will be on blood pressure medicine for at least a year.

Stacy Dittemore says Bradley is almost completely healed from the surgery.

Hes doing really well, she says.

Now the problem is that large medical bills are beginning to surface.

The church has put the benefit together for Bradley. Stacy Dittemore says support from the church, family and friends is what has gotten the family through this ordeal.

Bradley has a four-year-old brother, Brockman, who their mom says prays for his little brother every night.

Other donations are being accepted for Bradleys medical bills. Donations can be sent to Bradleys Little Heart, P.O. Box 712, Inman, S.C. 29349.