October 15, 2015 - 6:30 PM
KAMLOOPS - Cash donations continue to funnel in for the family of a Kamloops toddler who was diagnosed with cancer last month, and a special Halloween event is scheduled to help contribute even more this month.
Sawyer Jules is a 19-month-old boy currently battling the disease in the B.C. Children’s Hospital. The brain tumour was discovered in September and has since spread to his spine.
His aunt Tasha Araneda is raising funds in Kamloops to help offset the cost of both Sawyer’s parents leaving work to stay at his side in Vancouver.
“He has good days and bad days,” she says. “I went down last weekend. That was amazing but hard. He’s losing his hair now and his (cell) counts are down right now so he hasn’t started his second set of chemo yet. It’s hard to say if he’s improving or isn’t; I’m not around him enough."
The family's spirits remain high along with contributions to a GoFundMe account in Sawyer’s name. Nearly $20,000 has already been raised for the family.
“It’s been amazing how much help we’ve received from complete strangers. To open their hearts and help is amazing.
The next fundraising event will be a Halloween dance at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre on Oct. 30. Tickets are $75 each and are available at the Kamloops Live Box Office. Dinner will be included along with a live band and silent auction put together by New Gold. Some of the donated items for auctions include a variety of gift baskets.
To contact the Kamloops Live Box office, call 250-374-5483.
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