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Benefit for Eau Claire toddler who’s undergone five heart surgeries

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- Earlier this year, WQOW introduced you to Dylan Snyder , an adorable two year old Eau Claire boy with a rare disease.  He was about to undergo a life-saving heart surgery in Boston.  Now two surgeries later we're sitting down with the family to hear how little Dylan is doing.

Dylan Dainger Snyder likes dancing and playing with toys.  But don't let that fool you.  He isn't like most two year olds.

He was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome early on and needed a breathing tube to stay alive.

"We flew out to Boston and Dylan had his fourth surgery and that was expected to be his last surgery," remembers Dylan's mom Talitha Korn.  "He was doing even better than expected and then out of nowhere he just started going downhill.  So he actually ended up going into emergency heart surgery which ended up being his fifth surgery."

That was earlier this year.  Korn says doctors told her only about 50 kids have ever had Dylan's surgery before and prepared her for the worst.

"They sat us down, the whole team of doctors, and said either he needs surgery again, he needs a heart transplant, or there is a chance he may not make it," Korn explains.

But fast forward to Friday and Dylan is doing well now thanks to those doctors.  He' spends most of every week with his mom at a hospital in Minnesota.  But the family does need some help.  So friends are throwing them a benefit next Saturday to help with the finances.

"There will be raffles, door prizes, face painting, games for kids and minnow racing.  It's going to be fun for the entire family," Korn points out.  "Anybody can come."

Money raised will go towards helping a special little boy on his road to recovery.

"He is an inspiration to me.  He makes everything else in life seem so much easier because he's been through so much," says Korn smiling.  "It's hard to look at him and say oh I'm having a bad day when I know what a real bad day looks like.  And he just smiles through everything so he makes it really easy to go through it."

All proceeds from the benefit will go toward travel expenses for Dylan's hospital visits. The benefit will be held at the Brickhouse Pub and Grub in Eau Claire next Saturday and begins at 2p.m. 

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