Fundraiser to help family of little girl with rare birth defect seek treatment in Cincinnati.


Raylynn Cox

By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Nineteen-month-old Raylynn Cox has been through more trauma than any child her age should have to endure.


Raylynn is the daughter of Stephenville residents Brittany and Don Lee Cox. She was born with cloacal exstrophy, a rare and serious birth defect affecting one in 250,000 children.

“She was born with her bladder outside of her body,” Raylynn’s mother told Beneath the Surface News. “We did a bladder enclosure in March and since then she has been in and out of the hospital with complications.”


Cloacal exstrophy is so rare that only a handful of cases exist in Texas.


Cook Children’s Medical Center in Dallas has run out of treatment options for Raylynn and now the family is heading to see a team of specialists in Cincinnati on June 10, but the family needs help with travel expenses.

“Raylynn will have more surgery in Cincinnati and the doctors have told us she will likely be there for one to two weeks, but it could be longer,” Brittany said.


You can help support this effort by taking part in BBQ on a Bun from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, at Goin2BeHealthy located on Belknap Street in Stephenville.

Enjoy a barbecue sandwich, chips, cookie and drink by donation only.


There will also be a silent auction. The first 50 lunches will also receive a free ice cream courtesy of Jack Denny.


If you would like to donate, call or text 254-431-8681.