Granbury resident Karissa Mays has accepted many donated items over the last couple of months to use in her upcoming garage sale to help fund the next stem cell treatment for her son, Landon.
Landon, who will soon be 3, developed a brain injury called hypoxia ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) during his birth on Sept. 2, 2018.
The Mays’ family garage sale will take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on May 21 and 22 at Granbury Baptist Church, located at 1200 Weatherford Highway.
Stem cells have improved Landon’s health and quality of life.
“He has multiple lobes in his brain that are damaged so it requires many stem cells,” Mays said. “We will continue to do other treatments. So far, we’ve seen good improvement with stem cells. He’s aware of his surroundings, laughing and smiling.”
However, each stem cell treatment is $8,000. All of the funds earned from the garage sale will go toward Landon’s next stem cell treatment on Oct. 4.
The Mays family received an abundance of items and donations over the past few months to help with the garage sale. In fact, with the St. Helen’s fundraiser that took place in March, Mays was able to raise more than half of what she needed for the stem cell treatment. Unfortunately, during a physical therapy session in Arizona, Landon ended up being admitted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for severe constipation — so the original stem cell treatment had to be canceled.
Mays said they will set up the garage sale from May 18-20 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Volunteers are needed, she said.
Items for sale include home décor, toys, clothes, shoes, lamps, couches, bed frame sets, dining tables, bicycles and much more.
“I have a 10 by 30 full of furniture, 10 by 15 storage completely full and two 8 by 20s completely full; it’s going to be a really big massive garage sale,” Mays said.
The small items will be donation-based only, while the furniture and larger items will remain at a set price.
“It has been unbelievable,” Mays said. “The support from people all over Granbury and the surrounding areas, all of the prayers, the monetary donations and just the support they’ve given us has meant the world to me and my husband. Just seeing everyone come together already before the sale even started has been a true blessing to us, so we’re very grateful for them.”
To donate to the Mays family, make checks payable to 5535 N. Highway 144 #A Granbury, TX 76048 or donate to her Venmo @Karissa-Mays.
For more information about the garage sale or how to volunteer to help, call Mays at 682-702-1146 or visit their Fundraiser Garage Sale Facebook page at: https://fb.me/e/1wcDCNwQz.
“It’s going to be a really huge garage sale, so I'm hoping everyone is ready to shop,” Mays added, with a laugh. “I think I'm going to need all the help I can get.”