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Tucson boy with rare, painful skin condition gets surprise donation

Posted at 6:40 PM, Feb 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 00:50:16-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Elijah Henshaw may be too young to know it, but he's inspiring people well beyond Tucson. The one-year-old has Epidermolysis Bullosa, or EB.

KGUN9 first introduced you to Eli in May 2018. Treating EB can be costly, and two Phoenix women wanted to help.

Ashley Rudrud and Michelle Enge work for Bell Bank Mortgage in Phoenix. Every year, employees are given $1,000 to pay it forward to a family or organization in need.

This year, each employee received $2,500. The women came across Eli's Story on Facebook and knew they wanted to give the money to him.

"Being a mother of four, I can only imagine what they have to go through on a daily basis and the struggles," Rudrud said.

Rudrud and Enge surprised Eli's parents -- Jaycee and Jonathon Henshaw -- in Marana on Sunday. The Henshaws are expecting another baby, and thought they were getting a surprise baby shower. They walked into an even bigger surprise.

Rudrud and Enge presented the Henshaws with a $5,000 check -- to help with Eli's medical costs and treatment. They were speechless.

"We don't know them, they don't know us, and they still decide this is what they want to do with a bonus that was given to them," Jacyee Henshaw said.

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