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Helping 8 dollars at a time

Posted: February 28, 2009 1:46 a.m.
Updated: February 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Jayden Brayton plays with his dog at his home in Saugus. Brayton started a campaign for 8-year-olds to donate $8 to another youngster who was hospitalized after a critical sledding accident.

A local 8-year-old boy hopes $8 will go a long way in helping a peer recover from a critical sledding accident.

Hoping for some winter thrills, Jayden Brayton and his brothers picked the same sledding slope on Frazer Park Mountain Road as Dylan Bliss, 8, of Ventura.

Shortly after Brayton's arrival, he observed Bliss sled down the hill on a six-foot inflatable swimming pool and careen head-on into a tree.

Brayton's dad, David, got through to 911 even though his phone said he didn't have cell reception.

"I helped out as much as I could," Brayton said. "I was a little scared but we found Dylan's mom and brothers."

The impact fractured Bliss's skull and drove a piece of his skull into his brain, Brayton said.

"The right side of his face and his arm didn't work anymore," he said. "He couldn't breathe on his own."

Paramedics took Bliss to North Valley Children's Hospital in Madera.

He was in an induced coma for 10 days and woke up on Wednesday, Brayton said.

Brayton didn't know Bliss before the accident but he started a campaign to raise money for the "Dylan Bliss Medical Fund" to help with medical costs.

"I'm trying to get 8-year-olds to give $8 to Dylan's fund." he said. "He was in bad shape and I wanted to help. I'm going to tell all my friends and ask them to tell their friends to donate money, $8 or more than $8."

The experience also reminded Brayton about the importance of safety, he said.

"You should always be careful in what you do," he said. "Always make sure you're (sledding) somewhere where you won't hit a tree. Emergencies happen and you always have to be prepared."

To donate to Bliss's fund, visit or ask to donate to the Dylan Bliss Medical Fund at any Bank of America.

"I hope people donate money so he can come home," Brayton said.


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