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Community rallies behind Martin County sick boy, family

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PALM CITY, Fla. -- The McCaughey family has been dealing with an unimaginable tragedy.

Their son, Peyton, 10, now has brain damage after his family says he was poisoned after a pest control company tented their home.

As these Martin County parents deal with this heartbreaking family tragedy, people in their community are organizing to show their love and support.

Peyton's mother, Lori, an assistant principal at Martin County High School, has never left the side of her critically ill son. 

The little boy, who turned 10 on Thursday, faces a long recovery. Lori’s fellow faculty members and teachers don’t want her to worry about missing work, so they’re donating their vacation time to her.
 
"There have been a lot of individuals stepping forward to help Lori and Peyton and the entire family," said Al Fabrizio, principal of Martin County High School.
 
The support extends beyond the high school. Businesses across the area are stepping up to raise money for the family, The Stillery, a bar holding a fundraising party for Peyton on Oct. 2.
 
"We want to support the community in any way that we can and this story was something that just really hit home for us, something that touched us," said Kat Duesterhause, general manager of The Stillery.
 
The family's story also touched yoga studio The Lotus Loft in Palm City, which will be offering free yoga classes and a bake sale to support Peyton's family.
 
"I want to bring the community together, and I have the space to do it," said Andrea Levy with The Lotus Loft. "I thought why not. This will be a great way to do it and raise as much money as we can together."

The event at The Lotus Loft will be held Sept. 19.

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