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Hope comes in small bits for Brody

Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
Updated: May 6, 2011 - 5:50 PM


In his short life, Brody Luc DuBois has had it pretty rough Brody was born Oct 26, 2010, and has since spent all but about 40 days in the Minneapolis Children's Hospital He has congenital heart disease, pulmonary arterial hypertension and additional health problems Brody has had four major heart surgeries and various other related surgeries

His mom, Staff Sgt Crystal DuBois, is a member of the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing, and her fellow airmen are part of a fundraiser to help with expenses Brody is still fed through tubes and is expected to receive ongoing cardiology care at the Minneapolis Children's Hospital

One of the latest updates on his progress on the CaringBridge website tells a hopeful story:
"This week Brody took some big leaps including grabbing toys and putting them in his mouth, he isn't a pro at this, however it is a big step for him and he's enjoying every bite he gets"

Next Saturday, friends and family will gather to help with medical expenses Various organizations and businesses in the River Falls, Wis, area will be participating in a number of activities to help

The events are free and open to the public and will be held at the Kilkarney Hills Golf Course in River Falls, where Dubois and her family reside Events include:

• A golf tournament, shotgun start, scramble format Registration 9-9:45 am, with play from 10 am to 3 pm
• Bingo from 1 to 3 pm
• Silent auction from 10 am to 6 pm
• Kid's carnival from 11 am to 3 pm
• All-you-can eat pasta dinner from 3 to 8 pm
• Bands from 7 pm to 10 pm

Last month, Guard colleagues hosted a barbecue to help the family More than 300 brats and hamburgers were donated and nearly $3,000 was raised

For more information or to donate, go to Brody Luc DuBois' Facebook page

Mark Brunswick • 612-673-4434

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