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Community rallies around 4-year-old with rare brain disorder

(WMC-TV) - People across the Mid-South are rallying around a 4-year-old recovering from a rare brain disorder.

And this weekend Connor Caldwell will say thank you.

Family and friends first thought Connor's head was a little large, but it wasn't until several visits that doctors made a troubling discovery.

Connor was diagnosed with a malfunction that causes an abnormal connection between veins and arteries in the brain. It is called arteriovenous malformation or AVM.

Complications from AVM create lots of pressure on Connor's brain, causing daily migraine headaches along with some blurry vision.

Under the advice of Memphis doctors, Connor undergoes treatment in New York from a specialist. He has already been through more than a dozen surgeries.

The Caldwell family says they have been overwhelmed with prayers and support from the community so they don't have to through the challenges alone.

For Connor's father Tony, the hardest part is not being able to make everything better for his son.

"If your child is hurting and your child needs something you want to get it to them," Caldwell continued. "That's what's engrained in us, and the hardest part for me is that you can't fix it."

After selling Cups for Connor at the McAllister's Deli in Olive Branch, Connor will be at the restaurant starting at 2 PM Saturday to raffle off a brand new Brinkmann grill.

The family says support has extended well beyond the Mid-South, even on their travels.

After selling ‘Cups for Connor' at the McAllister's Deli in Olive Branch, Connor will raffle off a brand new grill this Saturday.

The family says support has extended well beyond the Mid-South, even on their travels.

If you'd like to learn more about Connor's story or condition, you can visit his website here.

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