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Family seeks funds to treat rising tennis star sidelined by rare illness

WEST PALM BEACH — The family of a ranked junior tennis player, diagnosed with a rare form of an illness, has launched a crowdfunding effort to help with his treatment. Mekhi Gbedey, 20,  was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, with complications and has been unable to compete in the United States Tennis Association competitions that once seemed so promising for the family. 

“Mekhi is functioning at the level of an 80-year-old man, because his body cannot tolerate anything physical,” said Camille Etienne Gbedey, their Haitian-born mother.

Mekhi’s older brother Khaleel, 22, started the Go Fund Me page earlier this month to raise money for his sibling’s medical care. The family hopes the fundraiser will not only raise money for the expensive care they foresee, but also make the public aware. “Maybe there’s a doctor out there who can help with [the specifics of] what’s going on with Mekhi,” Etienne said. 

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