A toddler in Bettendorf has been critically ill, and you can help him and his family as he recovers.

The son of Rebecca Wheeler, Jayden, 2, contracted strep throat and hand, foot and mouth viral disease at day care in May. He was treated with antibiotics for the strep and then contracted a bacterial infection called Clostridium difficile, of C-diff. The disease, normally seen in older adults who have been in the hospital, now is showing up in children at an alarming rate, according to findings from Mayo Clinic researcher Sahil Khanna presented at a conference this year.

Jayden had four unsuccessful rounds of antibiotics for C-diff and now is undergoing a rare and risky procedure that involves frequent trips to Iowa City Children’s Hospital, family friend Elisha Shadden said.

Shadden is helping two two events: a Lia Sophia jewelry party at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Habaneros restaurant, 5185 18th St., Bettendorf, and a benefit dinner at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Golden Leaf, 2902 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport.

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Tax-deductible donations can be made to any Wells Fargo under the account name “Jayden’s Cause.” For more information about Jayden’s Cause, making donations, the events or to volunteer, contact Elisha Shadden at Jaydens.cause@gmail.com.