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Braydon's Birthday Bash to bring bikes, big motors and hearts

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Braydon Brown, age 2, watches passing cars and trucks from the arms of Tom Loftis outside of Snow White Drive-In alongside vocalist Rhett Walker. Loftis is coordinating Braydon's Birthday Bash, which will feature a car and motorcycle show at Snow White S

The community is invited to Braydon's Birthday Bash this Saturday at Snow White Drive-In in Lebanon.

The event will mark little Braydon Brown's third birthday and also raise funds to pursue medical treatment for his severe eczema and rare form of Job Disease.

In a September interview with The Wilson Post, Braydon's grandmother, Jennifer Brown, explained they would be traveling to The National Jewish Hospital in Denver, Colorado, this fall for treatment.

The family visited Vanderbilt University Medical Center four times in six weeks this past spring; however, Brown explained Vanderbilt does not have a program specializing in the disease like The National Jewish Hospital does.

Brown said their goal was to get his skin issues "under control." However, that comes with a cost. Totals of the trip and treatment are anticipated to surpass $25,000.

Friends, including Braydon's Birthday Bash coordinator Tom Loftis, are helping to get them there.

Loftis first connected with the Brown family through Facebook. He knew that Billy Wyatt, owner of Snow White, was helping them plan a fundraiser and wanted to be involved.

"I go to the Journey Church. The Bible tells us to use our talents to help others," Loftis said. "The only talent I have is cars."

Loftis is on the board of Mid-Tenn AACA and decided to help make this "the biggest show this town has seen."

"When I met Braydon he was irritable, itching, scratching - then when he went to leave he said, 'I love you.' It just melted my heart," he said. "God put this family in my life."

The event will include not only a car show, but silent auction, 50/50 drawing, and the Rhett Walker Band will play at 2:30 p.m.

"Rhett goes to my church when he is not out touring. I asked him and he came back and said, 'We're in.' They are donating their time to come and sing," Loftis explained.

"There is no way we could attempt to put this show on without everybody who has helped."

The event will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday until 4 p.m.

For those with questions or who would like to make a donation call Lofits at (615) 604-3554.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at

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