Benefit to help Butte Falls brothers is set for Friday

A benefit is planned Friday for a pair of Butte Falls brothers who were each stricken with severe medical problems this spring, requiring the family to travel to Portland for specialized care.

Spencer Scofield, 12, collapsed April 1 at Butte Falls Elementary School, where he is a sixth-grader. He was found to have transverse myelitis, a neurological disorder caused by inflammation across the spinal cord that damages myelin, the nerve's protective cover.

The nerve damage left Spencer paralyzed for weeks. He was treated at Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, both in Portland, before returning home in early May, able to walk, but without feeling in his limbs, friends and family report.

Then, on May 13, his 9-year-old brother Brycen was critically burned in an all-terrain-vehicle crash while he was riding to feed animals on the family's ranch in the 13000 block of Butte Falls Highway. He is now in critical condition in a medically induced coma at the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel, recovering from burns across his head and body, as well as in his lungs, said grandmother Ronnie Scofield, of Medford.

Her co-workers at Fountain Plaza, a retirement center at 1441 Morrow Road, Medford, organized a fundraiser to celebrate Spencer's recovery and help the family with medical and travel expenses. Now the event is dedicated to both boys, said organizer Samantha Morkunas.

It will be at 7 p.m. Friday. Activities include magic, balloons, a cake walk and silent auction. The suggested donation is $5 per person or $15 for a family. Donations of cakes, auction items or money to help the family are welcome. For details, call the retirement center at 541-772-6005.

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