When a Smiths Falls resident needs support, the community answers the call.
That’s exactly what is happening for the Stanistreet family.
The youngest, Aaron, was recently diagnosed with acute leukemia, and while he’s currently staying at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) with his family by his side, a move to Toronto’s SickKids hospital is expected later this fall, for a bone-marrow transplant.
Aaron (middle), and his family are beloved members of the community, having impacted others in the past. Now it’s the town’s time to give back to them. — Megan Stanistreet photo
That’s where Rebecca McCullough, the Stanistreets’ family friend is trying to help ease the cost and stress.
McCullough started a GoFundMe page, which as of publication, has over $29,000 — surpassing the original $25,000 goal.
Funds were raised selling merchandise (T-shirts and bracelets), with the help of Adrenaline Apparel and Design Inc., and sunglasses, from Lesley Magee, as well as sporting tournaments from softball, to Port Elmsley Karate Jutsu. Aaron’s friends have also been involved selling merchandise around town.