Wed08272014

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"A Call for Angels" sings for stricken Waldorf student

Photo Courtesy Of The Hurst-Hopf Family

A fundraiser for Aidan Hurst-Hopf is scheduled Saturday. Aidan, now 8, needs surgery for spina bifida.

Aidan’s Angels has scheduled “A Call for Angels,” a benefit concert to raise funds for spina-bifida surgery for Aidan Hurst-Hopf, 7 p.m. Saturday at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, 728 W. Fremont Ave.

Crystal Monee Hall, Broadway star of “Rent,” will sing, joined by Bay Area musician Rich Armstrong, Uriah Duffy of Whitesnake, The Soul Providers and alumni musicians of the Waldorf School of the Peninsula.

Aidan’s Angels consists of the 8-year-old’s family, friends and the extended community of the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Los Altos. Aidan is in the second grade.

“I’m just so grateful that anyone would do this for my family,” said his mother, Andrea Hurst-Hopf.

Aidan’s dad, Michael, has been out of work for 18 months and their insurance does not cover the planned procedure, available only in China because it has not yet been approved in the United States.

Spina bifida has caused Aidan to lose sensation in his bowels and bladder as well as suffer limited feeling in his legs and multiple infections in his right foot.

Hurst-Hopf said that Aidan tires easily from activities that require extended walking, but he likes to climb and went trick-or-treating.

“He pushes himself and pushes and pushes and gives his best,” she said.

The family has been in contact for six years with Dr. Shaocheng Zhang, a specialist in China who would perform the spinal nerve rerouting. Zhang has performed more than 500 similar bowel and bladder nerve rerouting surgeries.

The planned surgery should improve sensation in Aidan’s right foot, currently in a brace, as well as in his bowels and bladder.

However, Hurst-Hopf said Zhang recommends that the surgery be performed before Aidan turns 9.

A friend of the family and coordinator for “A Call for Angels,” Jennifer Hanlon, said the extended community of the Waldorf School pulled together for Aidan’s cause and has shown “an insane amount of generosity.”

One parent designed the fliers, another set up the Web site, which can accept donations, aidanangels.chipin.com.

“I was amazed. I was just floored,” Hanlon said. “People’s hearts open up for this kind of thing.”

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