Brayden Belden Recovery Fund

$214,152 of $275,000 goal

Raised by 2,701 people in 5 months
Created February 23, 2018
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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Last week Brayden turned 12! Brayden’s bday was a day to reflect on how 11 was for our boy and what he had to do to make it to his 12th. In 5 months Brayden basically had to re-learn how to breathe, eat, walk and talk. I asked Brayden what his goals for being 12 were and he replied, “ stay alive and go surfing.” It sounds so simple but the latter will take absolute continued commitment and he will not rest till he gets there. What I learned on his 12th is once more Health is wealth and as long as you have your family and friends you can endure. People including myself get caught up in day to day stuff and it doesn’t mean shit. Generally a father teaches his son, Brayden continues to teach me. #Braydenstrong
Happy 12th buddy
Brayden and Mom enjoying the day
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Hi everybody, Go fund me has a tech glitch so I can only write 2 sentences- Brayden caught waves after Cancun!waves
Fired up for first sesh in 5 months
Getting his boogie on
Here is a video of his session
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Hi everybody wanted to check and give you an update on Brayden’s treatment plan. First and foremost I want to say how grateful we are for all of the support. This has opened up new avenues of treatment that could bring Brayden a stronger recovery. Back in Portland we harvested Brayden’s fat tissue and sent it to a company in Texas called Celldex. After a couple months of lab work, they grew Brayden’s stem cells to the tune of 300MM cells to be implanted back into his body. The type of stem cells are Mesenchymal Stem cells. Basically these are the ones in your body that want to fix anything that is hurt. These also have the ability to cross the blood brain barrier. They can help with inflammation as well as help create new pathways and restore neuron function. They can also turn into other types of stem cells that may fire back up an open up old functioning gateways. This treatment is very very safe. Because of the FDA dated rules on growing stem cells , even if they are your own, it has to be done abroad. Cancun is a hub for treatments such as these and the hospital associated with Celldex is top notch. Yesterday Brayden had his first of 2 treatments and we were notified the first batch actually grew to 271MM stem cells instead of the targeted 150MM. The staff attribute that to being healthy and athletic. We are praying those other 121MM cells find their target and get to work. I know this is a marathon vs a sprint race and everyone has played a part helping this kid get healthy. We are very lucky he has so much love and support. On another note seeing Brayden play on the beach and chase his sisters makes us smile ear to ear. Brayden keeps fighting and is making ground. ❤️ #braydenstrong
Perfect sandbar to relax on
Pina Colada happy hour
Before the procedure at Hospital Galenia
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Week 1 back home is officially in the books. Brayden is super excited to be back home and on his own turf. We spent the week getting his out-patient care lined up and really getting set for phase 2 of his recovery. We have lined up the best therapists out there and are excited to apply some cutting edge modalities to his schedule. Brayden received a standing ovation at school and the Colapinto family through Him a fundraiser at Stance socks in San Clemente. As parents we we’re taken back on how much love this kid receives and we are honored. He has been getting to see all of his friends and we know that is therapeutic after being gone so long. On the emotional side Brayden is also realizing how much he needs to work to get it back. He remembers what he used to do and asked us if he was in a dream. It’s been emotional to watch him figure out that his accident was very real and he has a long road in front of him. Denise and I want to thank everyone in the community for all of the support in all of its different forms. Brayden keeps asking when will be the time to surf? I tell him you will know when you left enough sweat on the mats and deep down know it’s go time.
Brayden and the groms at Griffin’s movie
Kolohe Andino gave Brayden a board
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Created February 23, 2018
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