This fall, a Crestwood Secondary student in our community named Wyatt received another cancer diagnosis after beating the disease in elementary school.
Word travelled as it does in a small, caring community like ours and people are bringing their cash and talents to support Wyatt and his family in a variety of venues.
Ella Fitzgerald and Scott Davis are among his classmates in EDGE Athletic Development course and are organizing an on-line fundraiser. Their teacher Roger Jenkins is on board as well, and the project ties in well with their studies. Jenkins sees Wyatt as real trooper who participated in all his science and EDGE training sessions until mid-December when he was admitted to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.
Wyatt has been in this paper before. In 2014, his friend Makayla held his hand as her head was shaved on the stage at Millbrook South Cavan Public School’s Cops for Cancer event. In 2017, Wyatt was on the stage, then in remission and making his own contribution to the cause.
Scott has created the eBay site where donated items will be auctioned. Among them are five barn quilts created by Dave Moore of Cavan who learned about Wyatt’s circumstances through social media. He decided to help the family with the additional expenses associated with his treatment. Each barn quilt is hand made using carefully selected, often reclaimed pieces of wood. The largest of them, called Mountain Scene, is 32” by 48” and is back lit with LED lights that were professionally installed. All but the lit one can be hung indoors or out. To view or bid one the, visit www.ebay.ca/itm/barn-quilt-blue-star. From there you can click on “see other items from this seller and all five items will appear.
In January, bottle donations dropped off at the Millbrook Farm and Pet Supply bottle return were collected for Wyatt. The Millbrook Lions’ Club continued the event on Saturday at the Lions’ Den. By the time we went to print, together these bottle drives had raised roughly $6,000. That’s the power of a community: take that, Covid! KG