MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Amanda Wendorff, 31, still manages a smile under the worst of circumstances.
Action News met her a couple of years ago as she was trying to raise awareness for Chiari malformation, a genetic, incurable brain disorder from which three of her four children suffer.
Then another bombshell: "I, myself, have been recently diagnosed with Chiari malformation," said Wendorff.
The disorder causes excruciating headaches and requires regular surgery. She'll go under the knife in a couple of weeks. But before that, she and her husband, who is a deputy with the Clay County Sheriff's Office, have to travel to Augusta, Ga., to get their boys the care they need.
"It's just really a financial burden," she said. "And if I wait until the beginning of the year to do the trip, our insurance deductible will renew and we have a high-deductible plan."
So the family is looking to the community to help. They're holding a fundraiser this weekend, a car wash, giving a little in the hopes of getting a little.
"We really just want the community to come out and help us raise some awareness and some money to help us get our children taken care of. And to make sure we're OK while I'm in the hospital having surgery," she said.
The car wash is Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the Auto Zone in Middleburg. You can also donate online. Find out how by clicking here
To learn more about the family's journey, click here