December 1, 2020

Spirit Night for Caden Raines

(Franklin, GA) — Hometown Pizza in Franklin will be hosting a ‘Spirit Night’ for Caden Raines this Monday night, November 13.

Caden, a Heard County sophomore baseball player, has been hospitalized at Children’ Healthcare of Atlanta since late October. He was diagnosed with a rare disorder known as Stevens–Johnson syndrome.

HHS Sophomore Caden Raines has been hospitalized since late October

It is believed the condition may have resulted from a reaction to an acne medication Raines had been taking for a few weeks.

Caden has struggled through many painful days and nights but has been improving tremendously over the last few days and possibly may be able to return home soon. 

Although still facing a long road to a full recovery, Caden is expected to be able to play baseball this season although he will be required to wear long sleeves for at least one year as his skin continues to heal and regrow. He will also be required to wear glasses for a while as his eyes continue to heal.

Caden is the son of Chris and Rhonda Raines and the sister of former Lady Brave standout softball player Alexis Raines.

Caden’s mother has been impressed with the care he has received at CHOA over the past few weeks.

“We are so blessed with the best doctors, nurses and staff who recognized this and found a treatment plan as quickly as possible and started him on it. Everyone at Egleston has been fantastic,” said Rhonda Raines this week. During his hospital stay, Caden has been visited by several Atlanta Falcon players and country singer Carly Pearce.

At Monday night’s event, Hometown Pizza will donate 20% of the profits to Caden’s family to help offset the mountain of medical bills and other expenses they are dealing with.

Additionally, several other local businesses have agreed to match the restaurant’s donation.

These businesses include Newnan Bonding Co., Marsh Siding, Hayes Computers, Terry Harper’s State Farm Insurance, Carroll EMC, Ash Kickers Vape Shop, and Clark’s Trucking Company.

Rhonda says her family has just been overwhelmed by the support of the local community, the Brave baseball program, and the Brave Nation. 

“Our family, friends, community, and work families have been amazing as well as surrounding communities and baseball teams from other schools that have sent their support for Caden to get well soon,” says Rhonda Raines.

“We’re so appreciative of all the support and prayers we’ve received. The kindness and love shown to our family has left us completely speechless. Thank you will never be enough for what everyone has done.”

Monday’s ‘Spirit Night’ will last from 5:00-9:00 PM at Hometown Pizza located at 2885 Franklin Parkway just north of downtown Franklin. Hometown will donate profits from all dine in and take-out sales during that time period as will each of the businesses matching the donation.

Angie McCullough of the Newnan Bonding Company will also have ‘Team Caden Brave Nation’ bracelets available for anyone who makes a cash donation big or small.



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