Pub­lic re­sponds to plea for help

Do­na­tions will help fam­ily deal­ing with Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease

Cape Breton Post - - Glace Bay/ New Waterford & Area - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

A plea for help for a Glace Bay fam­ily deal­ing with Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease has been an­swered.

“There are so many peo­ple and busi­nesses who have been so good to con­trib­ute who I wish I could name but there’s just too many,” said Michelle McIn­nis.

To date more than $23,000 has been raised for the fam­ily of Dar­rell Camp­bell and his wife Judy, who suf­fers with Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease.

McIn­nis, a fam­ily friend, or­ga­nized a ben­e­fit dance and silent auc­tion at the Main Event in Glace Bay on Satur­day that raised $9,820 and an­other $6,260 in do­na­tions was also col­lected.

A Go Fund Me cam­paign called Reach­ing out for Judy — Hunt­ing­tons at https://www. gofundme.com/reachin­gout-for-judy has so fair raised $7,400.

The money will be used to in­stall an el­e­va­tor lift as well as make mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the Camp­bell home, all of which will make it eas­ier for Judy, who now lives at Seav­iew Manor, to visit.

McIn­nis said they re­cently re­ceived an es­ti­mate of about $20,000 for the lift and ren­o­va­tions.

“We want ev­ery­one to know how grate­ful we are for their sup­port, how touched we are ev­ery­one has come to­gether like this to help this won­der­ful fam­ily,” McIn­nis said.

“I was over­whelmed by the turnout at the ben­e­fit and see­ing peo­ple I hadn’t seen in years and years.”

Dar­rell Camp­bell, 54, has worked as a me­chanic with Cape Bre­ton Hyundai for 33 years, and Judy, 52, worked as a pas­sen­ger screener at the Syd­ney air­port.

In June 2008, Judy was di­ag­nosed with Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease how­ever she had been show­ing symp­toms for years. In June of last year she moved to Seav­iew Manor.

McIn­nis said the show of pub­lic sup­port alone has also given the fam­ily a huge boost.

She said peo­ple started coming in for the ben­e­fit at 4 p.m. and the place was packed all night.

“Judy smiled the whole night, there were so many of her friends there,” McIn­nis said. “She even had a girl­friend who use to work at the air­port come down from Hal­i­fax, the whole crew from the air­port was there. Even Dar­rell’s union came through. I was re­ally moved by it.

“You wouldn’t be­lieve what a beau­ti­ful night it was, de­spite the rea­son it was held.”

She said it is heart-warm­ing as peo­ple the fam­ily doesn’t even know from North Syd­ney to Whit­ney Pier have been call­ing with do­na­tions and peo­ple from all over are con­tribut­ing to the Go Fund Me page.

“There are so many peo­ple we don’t know who are do­nat­ing. Peo­ple are so good and we are thank­ful.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO/MICHELLE MCIN­NIS

Dar­rell Camp­bell and his wife Judy, who suf­fers from Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease, are seen here dur­ing a ben­e­fit held for them at the Main Event in Glace Bay on Satur­day.

McIn­nis

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