Animal Adventure Park Hosts Ava's Little Heroes Benefit

Colleen Patch, of Conklin, kisses her 7-month-old daughter, Ava, during Ava's Little Heroes benefit at Animal Adventure in Harpursville on Sunday, August 14, 2016.(Photo: Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo)Buy Photo

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Rain clouds loomed over the white canopies pitched around the grounds of Animal Adventure park in Harpursville on Sunday, but that didn't keep away the estimated 1,000 people who visited vendors' booths, bought raffle tickets and fed giraffes at the event supporting a local family.

Staff members walked the grounds for the Ava's Little Heroes event in lavender T-shirts with a white superhero seal on their chests, while guests sported gray t-shirts emblazoned with the words "Team Ava" and costume-clad superheroes offered a $1 donation to have their picture taken in front of a comic book backdrop.

A family of three stood at the heart of it all: Eddie, Trisha and Brayden Bello, of Endicott, wearing T-shirt tributes to Captain America, Wonder Woman and Superman.

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Patricia Bello, of Endicott, and her 1-month-old son, Brayden, during Ava's Little Heroes benefit Aug. 14 at Animal Adventure in Harpursville. (Photo: Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo)

The last time Eddie and Trisha were at the park was their last date together before their baby boy was born.

Little Brayden "Superman" Bello, coos softly as his mom gently cradles him to her chest, Brayden's red Superman cape draping over her right hand. He smiles — he has his mom's dimples — in his sleep.

Ava's Little Heroes is the brainchild of Jordan and Colleen Patch. Their daughter, Ava, and her months-long battle with health problems, is the event's namesake, but the proceeds from this party at the park — half the admission, all of the raffle earnings, sponsorship and vendor fees — go to the Bello family, chosen by the Patches as the event's beneficiaries.

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    Animal park owner's baby faces fraught health journey

    Four-week-old Brayden Bello suffered a brain bleed in utero resulting in seizures and breathing episodes. He's spent time in three different hospitals already and will head back to Crouse Hospital in Syracuse soon to monitor the brain bleed. Throughout the first week the family was home from the hospital, Eddie Bello said he and Trisha took shifts around the clock, watching their son, terrified he would stop breathing. The joy of first-time parenthood stripped away.

    "It just seemed so fast," Eddie Bello said. "Looking back on it is crazy.

    A family member set up a GoFundMe page for the family's medical expenses, and the Patches soon reached out through Facebook with an idea.

    "We have this mountain of support behind us, let's direct that to somebody who needs it," Jordan said. "That's why we did this."

    That attitude proved contagious.

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    Madelyn Hotaling 4, of Endicott, has fun playing in foam as Mikayla Write shoots pretend snow while being entertained by Johnny Only during Ava's Little Heroes benefit at Animal Adventure in Harpursville on Sunday, August 14, 2016. (Photo: Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo)

    "I just think it's a good thing," Lindsay Wilcox, of Binghamton, said. She and her family visit Animal Adventure several times every year, and they made a point of attending Ava's Little Heroes.

    Dozens of people milled about each animal exhibit around the park, packed the seats in front of Johnny Only and lined up for a chance to dunk Jordan Patch.Trisha Bello said on Sunday if the monetary support from the event ends up exceeding their family's needs, they'd like to work with Jordan and Colleen Patch to find another family to help as well.

    "We're just very lucky that they're so gracious and we're so humbled," Trisha said. "I've never seen such an outpouring of support, kindness, generosity."

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    Jacob Allen, 4, of Meshoppen, Pa., feeds a Barbados Blackbelly sheep during Ava's Little Heroes benefit at Animal Adventure in Harpursville on Sunday, August 14, 2016. (Photo: Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo)

    Jordan said the event gave him and Colleen an opportunity to make use of the support others have shown them since hearing their story.

    "This was a nice, positive thing to work on, with the momentum forward to get tangible results," he said. "We can't only sit there and hope and hope and hope; we can put that energy into something tangible."

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    Ava's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at Animal Adventure in Harpursville.  Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo>FullscreenAva's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at AnimalBuy Photo
    Ava's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at Animal Adventure in Harpursville.  Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo>FullscreenAva's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at AnimalBuy Photo
    Ava's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at Animal Adventure in Harpursville.  Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo>FullscreenAva's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at AnimalBuy Photo
    Ava's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at Animal Adventure in Harpursville.  Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo>FullscreenAva's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at AnimalBuy Photo
    Ava's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at Animal Adventure in Harpursville.  Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo>FullscreenAva's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at AnimalBuy Photo
    Ava's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at Animal Adventure in Harpursville.  Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo>FullscreenAva's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at AnimalBuy Photo
    Ava's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at Animal Adventure in Harpursville.  Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo>FullscreenAva's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at AnimalBuy Photo
    Ava's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at Animal Adventure in Harpursville.  Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo>FullscreenAva's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at AnimalBuy Photo
    Ava's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at Animal Adventure in Harpursville.  Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo>FullscreenAva's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at AnimalBuy Photo
    Ava's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at Animal Adventure in Harpursville.  Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo>FullscreenAva's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at AnimalBuy Photo
    Ava's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at Animal Adventure in Harpursville.  Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo>FullscreenAva's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at AnimalBuy Photo
    Ava's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at Animal Adventure in Harpursville.  Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo>FullscreenAva's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at AnimalBuy Photo
    Ava's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at Animal Adventure in Harpursville.  Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo>FullscreenAva's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at AnimalBuy Photo
    Ava's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at Animal Adventure in Harpursville.  Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo>FullscreenAva's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at AnimalBuy Photo
    Ava's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at Animal Adventure in Harpursville.  Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo>FullscreenAva's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at AnimalBuy Photo
    Ava's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at Animal Adventure in Harpursville.  Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo>FullscreenAva's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at AnimalBuy Photo
    Ava's Little Heroes benefit took place Sunday at Animal Adventure in Harpursville.  Thomas La Barbera / Correspondent Photo>Fullscreen

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      Checking in with Ava

      On Sunday, Ava Patch was a smiling Supergirl in pink — down to the glittering pink band on her head, the "S" emblem on her white onesie and the sparkling pink tutu around her waist. 

      "She's all bells and whistles, today," Jordan said with a smile.

      Since late June, Ava has undergone aggressive treatments and steroids to treat her infantile spasms and seizures. At this point, the first round of those treatments has not produced a change in Ava's condition. They're now onto another treatment to control the hemi-hypsarrhythmia in Ava's brain, the pattern causing the spasms.

      But on this day, having finished weaning her off the previous round of medications, Ava's back.

      "Our happy little baby is back in our arms," Jordan said. "The struggle is still real, but it's a little easier to endure."

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      Littlest heroes to shine at Animal Adventure benefit

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      ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Telling family's emotional story

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      ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Telling family's emotional story

      Source : http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/connections/2016/08/14/animal-adventure-owners-guests-pay-forward/88724580/

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