Monroe community holds benefit for little boy suffering from traumatic brain injury

MONROE, Mich. (WTVG) - It was a day full of food, fellowship and fun, but it also served a purpose.

"We're just going to try to get him back up to hitting his milestones, hopefully in the next couple of months," said Stephen Reau of his infant son.

Back in February, Stephen and Lauryn Reau's baby boy Parker suffered a traumatic brain injury at a daycare. The incident put the infant in an intensive care unit for almost two weeks.

"We are doing everything we can to make sure that Parker has the best chance at being as successful as he can be," said Lauryn Reau.

Since the incident the 4-month-old has been in and out of the hospital for treatments. While the Reau's say their son has made great progress, he still has a long way to go, and the medical bills are piling up.

"We are family and we wanted to do something support Stephen and Lauryn," said Lori Jones who helped organized a benefit for Parker.

Saturday, people in the community pulled together and held a benefit for baby Parker at the Detroit Beach Boat Club.

"It's a wonderful cause and everybody in Monroe County has came out and worked for this," said Linda McDevitt who also helped organize the benefit.

From gift baskets to food, the community donated its time and money for the event. All of the proceeds went directly to Parker and his family for future medical treatments and care.

"It's a blessing and overwhelming, but in the most grateful way," said Stephen Reau. "This is just amazing to see everyone out here."

While it will be months until they know the full extent of Parker's injuries, the Reau's say they're focusing on the positives.

"The hope is that he continues to make that progress," said Lauryn Reau. "He's a strong little guy, so we're pretty hopeful."

In the meantime, they're just grateful for all the love and support from those in the community for their little boy.

"We both don't know how to thank everyone enough," said Stephen Reau. "This has been remarkable."

We've posted a link to a GoFundMe in the sidebar of this story if you'd like to help with Parker Reau's recovery.