Reidsville, NC -- A local couple is closer to learning more about their young child's extremely rare genetic disorder thanks to dozens of people who decided to make a difference despite Saturday's heat.
For hours, people honked their car horns as they drove past the NewBridge Bank on Freeway Drive in Reidsville, while others stopped in for a car wash and yard sale to raise money for two-year-old Caleb Paynter and his family.
"For everybody to come out and be in this kind of weather and still show support is amazing," Caleb's mom, Jennifer Paynter, said. "It's just amazing. We were worried [and] saying we're going to be praying for rain because it's going to be so hot. And it has been raining in blessing form and it's just been amazing."
Caleb has an extremely rare medical problem called Cockayne Syndrome Type II. There are only 60 known cases worldwide.
People who are part of a group called Caleb's Squad wanted to help his parents. The money they raised during Saturday's event will allow them to go to California at the end of July to meet with researchers and doctors to learn more about Caleb's condition.
"Financially, the support has been tremendous," Brandon Paynter, Caleb's dad, said. "The Lord is going to bless us with this and being able to be out there. And the ones that [have] given and spent their time and helped out in any way, I look for the Lord to reply to them tenfold."
Community members have also planned a spaghetti supper for July 6. You can keep up with Caleb's journey on Facebook.
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