Brayden Belden Recovery Fund

$221,182 of $275,000 goal

Raised by 2,779 people in 18 months
Created February 23, 2018
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on behalf of Matt Belden
Meet Brayden Belden.

On February 20, 2018 this athletic, vibrant 11-year-old from Laguna Beach, CA suffered a catastrophic head injury while snowboarding with his family at Mt. Bachelor in Oregon.


Brayden was air lifted from the mountain to Bend, with his parents driving in blizzard conditions to meet him at the hospital. When they arrived, they received the news no parent ever wants to hear: the injury was much more serious than initially believed, and their son might only have hours to live.


For the next hour, Brayden’s life hung in the balance as doctors worked to stabilize him so that he might survive a second life flight to Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland, where the right experts and equipment could give him a fighting chance. Brayden defied the odds and was flown to Randall, where he remains in a medically induced coma in the ICU.

Brayden Belden should survive, but it will be a long road back if he makes it.

One of the many obstacles his family faces is the sheer cost of Brayden’s care. The Beldens are looking at over $100k in out-of-pocket expenses for the life flights alone. In addition, Brayden will eventually need to be airlifted to a hospital closer to his home in California, which could double that number. Then there are deductibles, out-of-network-fees, and the cost of food and lodging.

When you add it all up, the end cost to the family will likely exceed the price of the average home in the United States.


The Belden family should be concerned about one thing: getting Brayden well. We’ve created this Go Fund Me page in hopes that they can focus on his care, and not the crushing medical costs they are facing. 

The Belden Family thanks you so much for your support and love. Prayer and positive energy are so powerful and much appreciated! Brayden can take all the love you can share. Knowing he has so much love has helped us, too. We are blessed to be in a community that cares so much.

We'll use this page to stay in contact and will keep you updated on his progress

Thank you.
The Belden Family & Friends
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Here is another clip of Brayden getting to his feet!
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Hi everybody, wanted to share an update that I always believed could happen but just wasn’t sure when it could happen. I’ll cut right to the chase. Brayden Belden stood up on some waves and is surfing! Watching our son stand up and get some rides is one of the proudest moments we have experienced. Brayden’s dedication and non stop devotion to achieving his one main goal in life was amazing to watch. When you are in the middle of it, sometimes you don’t catch the inches of progress as subtle as they might be. However when those inches turn into feet and those feet turn into yards you are getting progress. Brayden when he got to the point of trying to surf spent half a year attempting to stand up with no success. His shoulder and arm healed in an awkward position making it very difficult to get his balance correct. He kept making adjustments and kept thinking through what he would have to change to stand up and ride. Before his session he went to bed that night and looked me right in the eye and said, “ Dad, no matter what I will stand up tomorrow. Tomorrow i’m getting some rides one way or the other.” Well he certainly did get it done and we are so excited to share some clips of him surfing. He loves proving the medical community wrong. In fact I think that inspired him to keep pushing. He told me months ago I don’t care what the doctors say, I will surf and I will prove them wrong. Brayden knows he has a lot more work to do but for the time being, he wants to relax for a second and enjoy his victory. He is very excited to share his rides with you and we all want to say thank you so much for all of the thoughts, prayers, love and support ! #braydenstrong ❤️
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Sorry didn’t know GoFundMe capped photo sharing at 3 photos. So this is what a typical day looks like being casted. As you can see they cast in the fingers too- making life really tough. The medical journal studies show real improvement with this therapy so especially after stem cells we thought it was the best way to go.
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Hey everybody, it’s been a bit since our last post from Brayden’s stem cell treatment in Cancun. After thorough consideration we believed enrolling Brayden back in Kennedy Krieger’s rehab program at John’s hopkins would continue his rate of healing and progression. This time around he has graduated to constraint based inducement therapy. Every day his left limb is casted from the shoulder through the fingers rendering the use of that extremity virtually useless. Well except having a block arm for crushing crab . ( Lots of crab around these parts) its a Darwinistic approach to rewiring the brain and forcing those connections to reconnect . We tried this in the past and he just couldn’t sustain long periods of this treatment. This time around although he does have some choice words for the staff from time to time he is getting it done. I look at it is having both hands tied behind your back and eventually one breaks free and at least you can start to get some things done with it. Brayden’s spirits are up and he knows he is making progress but at the same time will ask why did this happen to me? It’s a Hard one to answer. The way I answer it is by replying,” they weren’t ready for you yet and threw you back- you had too much fight in you.” Then today he asked, “well if I was a long shot to live can Sunny Garcia be a long shot too? If so, then he will wake from his coma? These are tough questions to answer as a parent. I ponder and wonder Why did it happen to our kid? Why did he live and the other 99% in this scenario don’t? I’ve taken the stance that luck is luck but on a deeper level I believe one way or the other He leaves this world a better place. No matter what I always tell him to stay humble and be grateful for getting a second chance.” Then he asked about Sunny - and I said, “ Brayden, Sunny and God are having that same talk you Guys did right now and that’s where it’s at” he nodded and understood. For those who don’t know, Sunny Garcia and Brayden had a special relationship and we’re always very fond of each other. Sunny would visit him in the hospital and it always brought a smile to his face. Sunny just know you are in all our prayers. Next week John’s Hopkins will be shooting some photos of Brayden for their annual magazine and it appears taking some video of his workouts. His hard work has inspired this institution and they were pretty surprised to see where he was at vs his December discharge. As always thank you for all of your love and support. It’s been quite the journey but as long as Brayden keeps fighting then why slow down. #braydenstrong
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Raised by 2,779 people in 18 months
Created February 23, 2018
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