Members of Lubbock church community raising money for Team James

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Members of the Monterey Church of Christ have started a raffle to raise money for ‘Team James.’

James is a seven-year-old who was born with Down Syndrome. Family friend, Karen Hopkins, said his road hasn’t been easy.

“From the moment he was born he had severe heart issues,” Hopkins said.

He spent a month in the hospital, 20 of those days were spent in the ICU. He spent time on life support in a comatose state. Holly Churchwell, a former special needs minister and family-friend of James, said she began to worry.

“Sadly I really didn’t not know if he was going to make it. It sounded very grim,” Churchwell said.

He did make it, however, his recovery isn’t over yet. James is trying to gain his mobility back. His mother Ashley had also begun to get sick.

“Ashley started having some medical issues herself, just tending to him in the hospital. The stress really took a toll on her,” Churchwell said.

But coming from a strong church community, members of Ashley’s church knew they had to help the single mother of two.

“She has never asked for anything at all, but we all know she could use a little more support and we just wanted to extend that love and support to her,” Churchwell said.

Members of the church decided to help his mother Ashley, who is going through so much. They have started a raffle for James, and the winner gets to spend a weekend in a resort style home from J Ferg. For more information on the raffle, visit their Facebook page.

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