7-year-old Trenton boy raises awareness, money for little brother with Craniofacial disorder

By Ashlee Baracy, Local 4 Traffic, @AshleeBaracy
Published On: Oct 07 2013 04:05:09 PM EDT
Updated On: Oct 07 2013 04:19:58 PM EDT

Three-year-old Nathan Anderson is living with Craniofacial disorder and his story has inspired his 7-year-old brother to raise thousands of dollars.

TRENTON, Mich. -

Three-year-old Nathan Anderson is living with Craniofacial disorder and his story has inspired his 7-year-old brother to raise thousands of dollars.

Nathan was born with Treacher Collins syndrome. His father, Dave Anderson, explains how that has resulted in his Craniofacial disorder and hearing loss.

"The bones in the face don't grow as fast as other bones, so his jaw was really small, he had to have a surgery on that when he was 11 days old. He will continue to have to have surgeries on his jaw because the bones will not grow," said Dave.

In Nathan's short life he already has undergone seven surgeries. His adversity has inspired his big brother Owen.

"We saw this video about this older brother who helped his brother finish bike races, so I wanted to do something, too. And this is what I ended up doing," said Owen.

Owen personally called Stevi B's -- his favorite restaurant -- to coordinate a fundraiser. He also called the school superintendent to get permission to pass out flyers. Between online donations and the restaurant fundraiser, Owen has raised more than $5,000 for the Children's Craniofacial Association. It's an impressing feat for a 7-year-old boy.

"Sometimes they'll whisper to their mom and dads, and sometimes they will point at him," said Owen.

"As parents we understand that 5-year-olds and 6-year-olds aren't going to ask in the most kind way, but the questions are so important because from that brings awareness," said Dave.

Owen is making great strides at raising awareness and funds in honor of his baby brother, who is very thankful.

"Thanks Owen!" said Nathan.

If you are interested in donating to the Children's Craniofacial Association, click here.

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