ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In the wake of a WALB special report and investigation, "What Happened To Brandon," supporters announced plans to donate money to an organization that serves abused children, instead of a proper burial site for a young boy who died.
Brandon Price died mysteriously in May 2014, just days before his 11th birthday.
His grandparents showed up at Phoebe Putney Hospital with him saying he was ill, but he was already dead.
Bridgett and Travis Mack along with other donors, surprised the Lily Pad with a $1,500 check in Brandon's honor, in an effort to help other children experiencing abuse.
They met and released 10 balloons, one for each year Brandon Price lived.
"Hopefully God will open up the heavens and let Brandon see that his life was not in vain, that someone cared and that we are raising awareness on his behalf," said Mack.
A WALB investigation uncovered evidence of abuse, and later learned that Brandon had been buried in an unmarked grave.
The group originally planned to raise money to donate a new slab and headstone for Price's grave.
So, they led a fundraising effort that put a headstone on the grave. But when they found it wasn't possible to replace the concrete slab, dozens of donors agreed to give that money to the Lily Pad.
"Since we found out that we weren't going to be able to put a slab down, we went back and we talked to the donors and asked them if we could just honor Brandon's memory by helping another child and making a donation to the Lily Pad," explained Mack.
Lily Pad leaders were humbled by the decision.
"We had no idea. I just got a call from Mrs. Bridgett and she said 'hey, several people in the community have gotten together and we've raised these funds in honor of Brandon,' and asked if she could come out and I said absolutely."
"[We aim] to help kids that are in need and facing this type of situation, maybe let them know that there are people are out here thinking about you and praying for you," said donor Pastor Travis Mack.
"No one knew this young boy personally, but that doesn't mean that you don't care, and anyway that you can make a difference in the life of a child or in a family, [you should] do it. If you see something, say something," said Mack.