August 6, 2014

‘Toast for Conner’ planned to help Fort Mill boy with brittle bone disease

The Fort Mill and Tega Cay communities are rallying around 4-year-old Conner Goldhammer and his family. Conner has brittle bone disease and needs a special wheelchair to ensure his safety.

Though his little body is fragile, Conner Goldhammer’s spirit remains as strong as ever.

Conner, 4, has suffered nearly 100 bone breaks in his short life because he was born with a condition known as brittle bone disease. Despite that, Conner often tries to keep up with his twin sister and three other siblings, said Conner’s mother, Denise Goldhammer.

“He has an unbreakable spirit,” Denise Goldhammer said. “No matter how many breaks he has, he is still a happy boy.”

Conner has rods in his arms and legs to help decrease the chances of his bones bowing and breaking. Even so, the spirited boy suffers from numerous breaks.

In February, Conner nearly lost his life after he fell out of his chair at the table, shattering his skull and resulting in a brain injury.

“We want to make sure this never happens again,” Goldhammer said.

The Goldhammers hope a fitted wheelchair can allow Conner to move around safely.

“He is not a normal child,” Goldhammer said. “He needs to be in something that is safe for him.”

All Things Possible Ministries, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting individuals, ministries and churches to help those in need, has created a medical fundraiser for Conner, hoping to raise $13,900 for a wheelchair and medical expenses.

The funds will pay for an additional 12 hours per week for Conner’s in-home aid for at least another year.

Conner’s story aligned with what the ministry is all about, said Lisa Sexton, executive director. Sexton, who was hospitalized for a month with a rare liver disease a few years ago, was the first to benefit from the ministry’s medical fundraising program.

“God put us here to help each other,” she said.

“There is not a better feeling than being able to help people with these medical needs because I know what it is like.”

The hydraulic-equipped wheelchair will give the Goldhammers some peace of mind, allowing Conner to do tasks such as washing his hands without breaking his ribs, Sexton said.

“His mother is not going to rest until he’s safe in a chair like that,” she said.

The ministry has used social media to gather supporters for the Goldhammers. Sexton said the result has been overwhelming, with the fundraiser raising more than $1,400 in three weeks.

Mike Sexton, president of All Things Possible Ministries, said Conner’s story has gotten national attention, with donations coming from across the country.

“People see how cute and lovable a kid he is,” he said.

Goldhammer said she is thankful for the ministry and support.

“Everyone that has supported Conner so far has been amazing,” she said. “It means a lot to us that other people are praying for Conner. We will take all the prayers and support we can get.”

For information or to donate, go to atpmin.org.

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