Through the driving force of Ashley Brown and Nelson Siwallace, the community has raised $4310 in memory of their son Kyson Bryan Levi Siwallace. “We couldn’t have done it without the great support of our community, for our community. This is for your kids, my kids, and our grandkids.” said Wanda Edgar one of the main organizers. The raffle auction had over 30 items, was staffed by over 40 volunteers and participants, and many people who came with food and baked goods for those at Nuxalk Hall. “It still just blows me away. All of this was donations, and it wasn’t just businesses either, it was everybody, it really was the community”
One particular story she related was a disabled elder who came to the Hall and wanted to help. Despite having so little herself, she went home and made a care package to be donated back. “She wanted to give anything at all. She wanted to participate. It really touched a cord in all of our hearts. We made a special auction item for hers.”
Suezie Koury, Clinical Care Coordinator, was on-hand to receive the donation. “The hospital has been really touched by this, and we very much appreciate this gesture. It’s really amazing how this family, and community, has raised such a substantial amount of money for other kids with special needs.” The funds raised will go to purchasing new pediatric equipment for the hospital. A new vein illuminator is first on the list. This device shines a light on the vein itself, helping to make it easier for technicians to see, and results in less poking and prodding.
A new “non-invasive” thermometer is to be bought, which scans your forehead, reducing disturbances at night. Lastly, a new crib will be purchased to replace the existing one. “It’s a new design, and will benefit both patient and their families. It will be easier for families to interact with patients without waking them.”
“This was also a way of reminding the community that we do have kids with special needs here, to show support, and to raise awareness, not only for the kids, but for the parents and families of these kids. It takes a lot to raise a child with special needs.” Said Wanda. “To all those who helped, volunteered, and worked tirelessly to make this happen, THANK-YOU! A special thanks to Miranda Tallio for co-organizing