Jaxton McGraw is only 5 months old and has spent the first three months of his life in and out of hospitals to correct a birth defect in which the infant’s intestines were formed outside his body.
Jaxton was selected this year as the beneficiary of fundraising by the Disloyal Few, a Hinesville motorcycle group known for charitable work. When club President Jim Hayner learned about the financial hardships Jaxton’s parents, Michael McGraw and Laura Mullis, are facing, he selected the infant for the 120-motorcycle ride through southeast Georgia.
“The family needs help for medical expenses, and we’re trying the best way we can to put a dent in it,” Hayner said.
To date, the Disloyal Few has raised $4,600 from its motorcycle ride held Oct. 17 and presented the check to the couple at an event held Saturday at Waffle King in Hinesville. Michael McGraw said Jaxton has already had nine surgeries and is expected to have to more.
“He has had a lot of complications, and we have no insurance,” McGraw said. “The medical bills are currently $400,000.”
McGraw, a Wayne County volunteer firefighter, is grateful for the help the Disloyal Few and others have been giving the family. He said the money helps with transportation and diapers, which Jaxton goes through more quickly than a child not afflicted with his condition.
Michael McGraw said it is possible for his son to make a full recovery once his surgeries are complete, but it will be a long road. A GoFundMe account has been established. Donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/ycjtt7f.