By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer
A fundraiser is being held this coming weekend on behalf of a Morgan County child who was born in 2013 with congenital hydrocephalus, which is buildup of excess cerebrospinal fluid in the brain at birth that causes brain damage that results in a plethora of mental and physical problems. Bryson Lee, born to Athen and Lindsey Lee of Morgan County, will turn one-year-old in October and has gone through five surgeries and requires frequent medical care in order to survive. A Shoot For Life fundraiser, a charity organization that uses basketball to raise money, is being organized by Jeff VanDeMark, owner of Pinnacle Sports Academy, hosted by Westminster Christian Academy in Watkinsville, and catered by Brett’s Casual American Restaurant in Athens, will take place on April 26 at 2 pm in the Westminster Christian Academy gymnasium, located at 1640 New High Shoals Rd. in Watkinsville.
Shoot for Life President Matt Bostic will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Record for most three point shots made in one hour. “The record is currently 835. Matt made 822 on April 13. He is very close to doing this,” said VanDeMark. “Also four high school basketball players from around the area, in addition to Taylor Echols from the University of Georgia, will be shooting against Matt for fun. Brett’s will be providing a gift card as a give away.” VanDeMark, who has known the Lee family for five years, was moved to help them when learned of all they were going through while caring for baby Bryson Lee. “[Bryson] is currently under the care of nine doctors which requires him to return to Atlanta for weekly doctor appointments.
He is also under the care of three therapists. A physical therapist comes to the house for weekly therapy,” said VanDeMark. VanDeMark hopes the community will rally around the Lee, who has been through an incredible amount of stress in the last year, and raise money for this local family. “The community should get involved because this is a family that lives in and loves Morgan County,” said VanDeMark. “This is a great chance to come out and support a Morgan County family that needs some help while watching a world record being broken. How many chances to do you get to see that?” VanDeMark is encouraging people to donate to this cause. There is no set goal amount, but VanDeMark noted that similar events have brought in more than $8,000. “People can donate a flat amount through Paypal on shootforlife.com or they can pledge a certain amount per shot made…They can do that by emailing the pledge to email@example.com,” explained VanDeMark.