Community gathers to remember Brayden Eidenshink

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A memorial service was held Saturday for 10-year-old Brayden Eidenshink.

The beloved Bakersfield boy passed away earlier this month following complications from a heart transplant.
     
“He’s my hero,” Brayden’s mom Brenda Eidenshink said. “Like seeing what he went through and I’m, you know, holding him through a lot of painful stuff and him not wanting to give up and still fighting and then him just saying thank you for helping me and just watching him he’s just a hero.”

Hundreds of people gathered at Bakersfield First Assembly on California Ave. to remember the brave boy who won the hearts of thousands while fighting for his own.

“He was a fighter,” Brayden’s father Bryan Eidenshink said. “I mean it’s been his story his whole entire life, just constantly fighting and seeing what he’s done for everybody here and bringing everybody together and showing everybody to continue to fight. It’s going to keep that memory alive no matter what.”

On December 12, 2007, at just 11-days-old, Brayden became a fighter undergoing what would be his first of many heart surgeries after being diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension.

January 28, 2010 Brayden underwent open heart surgery at just barely two-years-old. 

About five years ago, Brayden was put on the transplant list for a new heart. Last month, on Oct. 9,the call finally came.

The next day, Brayden was set to receive his new heart, a heart doctors called a ‘perfect match.’ A week later, his heart, liver and kidneys began to fail. Less than a month after receiving his perfect match Brayden passed away from complications.

“Most kids don’t see it until their first birthday,” Brenda Eidenshink said. “We got lucky to get 10 years.”

One thing Brayden always wanted to do but never got the chance was start a painted rock collection and hide them around town.

To honor him, the community brought hundred of rocks, painted with saying like “Brayden’s Brave Heart” and “Nobody Fights Alone” in memory of the boy described as brave, strong and always smiling.

“He always had a smile,” Brenda Eidenshink said. “He had his bad moments but that kid always had a smile once he got done with his bad moment.”

“Always wanted to do something to make himself have fun and that’s what it was about for him,” Bryan Eidenshink said. “Is just to be normal, a normal kid and he did that with that illness even though he was no where near being normal.”
         
The Eidenshink’s said they plan to take the rocks and spread them around town in the coming days and months.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations be made to the Nobody Fights Alone Foundation.

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