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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Preschooler turns birthday party into fundraiser

Connor Perryman Connor Perryman

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock preschooler is paying it forward by turning his birthday celebration into a fundraiser. The little boy wants to give back to a local organization that has helped him with necessary doctor visits.

Connor Perryman just turned four-years-old, but his actions are more like an adult. Of course, he still loves to play with his favorite toy, a dinosaur .

But unlike many young children, Connor grew up traveling across the state from hospital to hospital. He suffers from an undiagnosed auto immune syndrome as well as type one diabetes.

His mother, Vangelia Perryman, says each birthday it gets harder.

"You're told you ruled the bad things out. Then you go to a doctor in another field and learn all these other bad things it could be," Perryman said.

As a single mother, Perryman struggled paying for Connor's trips to the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. That's when one local organization lent what they call, a smile.  

"Brynne's Smiles has helped us with travel expenses, making sure we can make those appointments," Perryman said.

The non-profit has one condition: live by the Bible verse 1 Peter 4:10.

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others," Perryman said.

So Connor decided he would give back during his fourth birthday celebration. He is asking everyone to eat at McAllister's Deli on 82nd from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday. A portion of the proceeds will go toward Brynne's Smiles.

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