The family of Charlee Mudd will be hosting a benefit on December 5 to help with upcoming medical and travel expenses. The benefit will be held at Mudd Pie, located at 213 N. Main Street, starting at 10 a.m. Those wanting to support this cause will be able to purchase lunch to go, served curbside only. The meal, which costs $10, includes turkey, homemade noodles, mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans. There will also be a Sidewalk Sale with a raffle, cookies, hot chocolate, pies and other items. All proceeds will be used for Charlee’s upcoming surgery and expenses for a three month stay in Florida.
Charlee, the daughter of Chris and Mandi Mudd, was born with congenital femoral deficiency, which means she was born with one leg shorter than the other. Without treatment Charlee’s leg would have an expected 12-inch difference at maturity. Charlee’s family began to research her options and found a limb lengthening specialist in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Charlee, who is now seven years old, has undergone two hip surgeries, and one limb lengthening surgery, which allowed her to gain nearly three inches in length. She also has had multiple smaller surgeries on her leg. Charlee faces each day with ambition and bravery and continues to grow, enjoying every moment and opportunity along the way, not letting her deficiency slow her down.
In January of 2021, Charlee will travel the long voyage away from home for her seventh surgery. This will be another limb lengthening procedure. This surgery will require Charlee and her family to relocate to Florida for approximately three months. To help with the medical cost and traveling expenses her family is holding the benefit to make this transition less of a financial burden.
Anyone wanting to help Charlee and her family can do so by making a monetary donation at the benefit or mail donations to Charlee Mudd, 213 N. Main Street, Monroe City, MO 63456.
Those interested in following Charlee on her journey can do so by following her Facebook group @ www.Facebook.com/groups/Charleejanesjourney.