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Matthews Auto employees host benefit for 8-month-old boy

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Employees of a local car dealership are hosting a benefit for a co-worker whose infant son suffered brain damage at birth.

Matthews Auto is planning a fundraiser for this Sunday to raise money for 8 month-old DaVinci Clifford.

His father Dave works in the business development office at the dealership.

DaVinci suffered from meconium aspiration at birth which deprived his brain of oxygen, leading to seizures and developmental delays.

His parents have faced financial burdens as they travel to Syracuse and Colorado for DaVinci's care.

Matthews Auto Marketing Director Kathy Breno says the 300 employee business operates like a close-knit family, looking out for each other.

"We really care about each other and we're lucky to work for a great company that's willing to let us do things for our people and participates 100%.  It's a great company to work for, we have a great team.  We truly, truly respect and love each other, and we really want to be there for Dave and Liz and baby DaVinci right now," said Breno.

Breno says DaVinci is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday to remove a cyst from his brain.

She says doctor's expect him to develop cerebral palsy.

The fundraiser takes place at Amici's in downtown Binghamton near NYSEG Stadium at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The restaurant will donate 20% of all food sales plus all bar tips to the Clifford family.

Plus, there will be basket and 50/50 raffles as well as an auction.

A GoFundMe page has been setup for DaVinci and his family at https://www.gofundme.com/baby-davinci-medical-fund

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