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Pajama Party to help Campbell River babies beat the odds

Aya Walcot is suffering from Mowat Wilson Syndrome. She has under gone many surgeries including one open heart surgery. - Photo submitted
Aya Walcot is suffering from Mowat Wilson Syndrome. She has under gone many surgeries including one open heart surgery.
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The stories of two struggling children has inspired local businessman Chad Braithwaite to take action.

Braithwaite’s Fitness Etc. will be holding a Onesie/Pajama Party-themed fundraising event on March 16 with all proceeds going to the BC Children’s Hospital, Mowat Wilson Syndrome Research and PVS (pulmonary vein stenosis).

Aya Walcot has under gone many surgeries including one for open heart because she is suffering from Mowat Wilson Syndrome.

Her dad is a close friend of Braithwaite’s so helping Baby Aya and supporting research for her disease is always something he and his business will be involved in, he said.

The second baby is Korey Reise, who has PVS (pulmonary vein stenosis).

This was discovered after he too had open heart surgery to correct TGA (tranposition of the great arteries) which is when the two main arteries in your heart are reversed.

“These two kids have been through a lot at such a young age and they both continue to beat the odds,” Braithwaite said.

Braithwaite is currently appealing to the local business community on behalf of Aya Walcot, and Korey Reise for any support local companies would be willing to donate to this event.

Anyone with questions or is able to donate, can call Braithwaite at 250-202-2654 or e-mail him at

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