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NORTHPORT, Ala. (WIAT) – Brayden Giambalvo was born 8 weeks premature at 2 pounds, 12 ounces. After being diagnosed with a rare disease, he only survived 26 days. However, he made a big impact during his short time on earth. Not long after Brayden’s funeral his parents, Josh and Ashley, started reflecting on the experience of having a baby in the NICU. Josh explains, they had it pretty good. The Giambalvo’s had friends and family that did as much as they could to lighten their load and they didn’t live far from the hospital. However, they watched other families with hospitalized babies struggle through long commutes and high expenses. The Giambalvo’s started talking about doing something to help those parents who were already dealing with so much while caring for their sick newborns.
Since then, that discussion has turned into construction in the Brown House Community in Northport. The Brayden House is the newest development to the unique community that the Giambalvos also call home. Builder, Kris Mills, estimates that the house will be under construction for another 2 to 3 months, although there is no set timeline because the construction depends on fundraisers and donations. Mills explains that they have already raised about $50,000. They would like to raise $100,000 more. The home itself should cost around $140,000.
The Brayden House is intended to serve as a temporary home for families who have babies in the NICU in area hospitals. Families will be allowed to stay free of charge in the home that will also house a host family. The host family will be available to assist the family with anything they may need. The goal is also to offer the visiting family a meal, everyday. However, the entire Brown House Community will be involved with The Brayden House, which is built on one end of a green space that several of the homes share.
There will be a fundraiser for The Brayden House this Friday, September 6th. It’s called Brayden Goes to Prom. The event is being held at Rounders on the University of Alabama Strip from 8pm-11pm. You can buy tickets online at http://braydenhouseprom-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=1 or tickets can be purchased on the night of the event at the door.