Brady James Chifici Sports Foundation hosts fundraiser for little girl with cerebral palsy

ST. AMANT, LA (WAFB) - As lawmakers cut healthcare funding, some families may need to figure out how they're going to get the care they need.

Some have turned to crowdfunding.

A number of Louisiana families may be left in the dust as the healthcare budget gets worked out. That's where Good Samaritans step in.

Justin Chifici and his wife launched the Brady James Chifici Sports Foundation about one year ago. Brady was their son. He was diagnosed with spina bifida 24 weeks into her pregnancy. Brady passed away on Dec. 21, 2016.

Chifi said coping with the loss has been a tough journey but that's why his family started a foundation in Brady's name.

They want to help other families who have children with special needs.

"After losing Brady, we wanted to make something positive out of a negative," said Chifici. "It's been tough on the family but all in all we took his spirit and wanted to make a positive change in our community in light of his name."

The foundation has helped a number of children already through fundraisers at Chifici's own home. Each fundraiser has raised between $5,000 and $6,000.

"We just want to go out and help families, especially families and children in need. It makes it so much better for us to cope with. We also help other families cope with the loss of a child," Chifici explained.

This weekend, Chifici is hosting a benefit for a little girl named Piper. She was cerebral palsy and is currently learning how to walk.

In the meantime, Piper is in need of a handicap accessible van.

Chifici hopes the community comes out, like it has in the past, to support Piper and her family by purchasing an $8 jambalaya plate lunch.

There will be jambalaya, pastalaya, white beans and soft drinks provided as a part of the plate lunch. There will also be fun activities for children.

"It's a blessing. The community, the cooks that come out, the volunteers, without all these people we couldn't do what we do. It's just one hand helping another and it's a great feeling," Chifici added.

The Piper Benefit is happening on Saturday, May 12, between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. It will take place at Chifici's home located at 11319 Peggy Street in St. Amant. It is located in the Bayou Estate Subdivision.

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