Barbecue raises funds for Corden's Cause

Corden Fidler


By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County residents can eat barbecue for Corden's Cause this weekend.

A barbecue fundraiser for four-year-old Corden Fidler and his family is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, to assist with medical and travel costs.

Corden, son of former BFD firefighter Mathew Fidler, was seriously injured after a shooting which killed his mother and grandmother, Shelly Fidler and Sherry Gray, in Temple on Dec. 20.

Corden was shot five times, once in his head and four times in his abdomen, and has endured multiple surgeries to continue fighting for his life in the Intensive Care Unit at McLane Children's Hospital in Temple.

“Corden is doing pretty good,” Mathew Fidler said Thursday, Feb. 28. “It's pretty amazing; medically speaking, he shouldn't be alive.”

Corden has been recovering and progressing in Temple, and as of Thursday, has regained movement in his left side and is able to bear weight on his left leg. He is scheduled to be transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Dallas this week.

“He is doing good, and is ready to come home,” Fidler said.

Fidler said Corden has two more surgeries scheduled, including a bone graft — possibly prosthetic — in his skull, though Fidler said doctors are waiting for the skin grafts on the entry and exit wounds to heal beforehand.

In the meantime, Corden is receiving excellent care and support at the hospital, even recently getting a visit from a group of superheroes who wanted to offer some encouragement for their friend. The support doesn't end there though, as the Burnet community is invited to come together for Corden's Cause this weekend.

“We appreciate all of the support and prayers,” Fidler said. “It is a major blessing for sure.”

Corden's Cause will take place Saturday, March 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Burnet Community Center, 401 East Jackson Street, Burnet. Barbecue plates are available by donation at a $10 minimum.

Guests will enjoy live music, a fire truck display, snow cones, a bouncy house, T-shirts, and other fun activities.

Details on the fundraiser are available on the Corden's Cause Facebook page.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Corden and his family. It can be visited at

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