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Family of Bakersfield boy recovering from heart transplant warns of fake fundraisers

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FILE - Brayden Eidenshink is seen Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, listening to his new heart, in a photo used with permission of the Facebook page Brayden’s Brave Heart.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – The family of a Bakersfield boy who is recovering from a heart transplant is warning the community of fraudulent fundraising efforts being done in the child’s name.

Brayden Eidenshink, 10, received his new heart earlier this month at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto.

The community has been following his story on the Facebook page Brayden's Brave Heart.

“Brayden remains a fighter and is fighting the toughest battle of his life right now,” reads part of a post Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, they posted a warning about street corner scams.

“Heads up!!!! We do not have anyone standing on a street corner asking for money... if you see them please contact the authorities,” reads a post.

Folks do have two legitimate ways to help out the family.

The first is a GoFundMe page.

The second is a raffle.

Stephanie Smith is the contact person for the Fight for Life Raffle Fundraiser, with the drawing set for 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at event venue Track House on Gilmore Avenue.

Smith said people can get raffle tickets at the event or in advance by:

  • calling (661) 747-8552,
  • buying them from her at Advanced Industrial Services, 34933 Imperial St.,
  • or purchasing them from Brayden’s aunt at Ticor Title, 10000 Stockdale Highway.

A graphic below shows the raffle prizes.

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