Stanstead Generosity Helps Youngsters Meet Mickey
TheColby Curtis Museum hosted a hugely successful ‘Sugar on Snow’ fundraising event last Saturday, proceeds of which are to benefit two local three year olds who have been designated this year’s ‘wish children’ through the Ayer’s Cliff charity organization ‘Musicfest Children’s Wish Foundation’.
This is the second annual ‘Sugar on Snow’ fundraiser at the Museum. Last year’s event raised over $250 to aid victims of Haiti’s earthquake. This year’s charity was highlighted in an earlier
Stanstead Journal article in which another ‘wish child’ told her story to raise awareness of the cause in hopes of helping other sick children.
It seems Macy’s story may have touched hearts and raised awareness in the community, as this year’s event raised almost four times more money than last year. Macy’s mother claims she has been approached by acquaintances claiming that reading about Macy’s experience helped them understand the difficulties these children and their families deal with daily, and it encouraged them to sponsor the cause in future.
This year’s ‘wish children’ are two local thee year olds, Jackson Lowry and Maya Hinds. The CWF is raising funds for a Disney cruise for Jackson and a trip to Disney World for Maya. Proceeds from Saturday’s event will contribute to the granting of these wishes.
Maya Hinds was diagnosed with eye cancer at three years old. She underwent emergency surgery. Her eye was removed within about a week of diagnosis. She has undergone further surgeries to insert a temporary and then a final prosthetic eye. She is still being monitored for her cancer.
Jackson is a three year old little boy who has courageously beaten the bleak odds doctors predicted for his future. Born in the throes of seizures, doctors stated he likely had only days to live. Jackson’s first five months were spent in various hospitals. His mother, Marcia Black, spoke of her sadness during this time, mentioning her family looked forward to his birth for nine months only to have him remain at the hospital, her other four children unable to meet him. In a broken voice, Marcia spoke of remaining in a Montreal hospital, separated from her other children,. She said ‘I could only wonder whether we would have a child to bring home to them’. During this time doctors asked repeatedly if the parents wanted them to allow her son to die, as he’d required resuscitation several times. It was clear to Marcia that doctors felt that allowing Jackson to die was a viable option, and one the parents should consider. His parents didn’t agree, feeling that the doctors’ inability to diagnose Jackson’s illness was no reason to let him die. She and her husband decided to take their baby home, believing he belonged at home with his family, even if it was only going to be for a couple of weeks, or even days.
It has been three years since those difficult days. Jackson, she’s been told, likely has a muscle disorder, but is still undiagnosed. Due to his delayed development he is fed through a tube and is unable to walk or talk. He has various other ailments and requires physiotherapy, which sometimes causes him discomfort. Despite his condition, Marcia claims he is a happy little boy who rarely cries.
Marcia talks about the gift her son has been to them all, and the strength and wisdom she has gained from sharing his life and caring for him. ‘The hard times are too draining to think about’, she states, ‘So I try to remain focused on the positive’ and the happiness they share as a family. Her other children, much older than Jackson, help care for him. Marcia is a mother who, through her pain, has learned to appreciate her child for every minute she has him, despite not knowing how long that may be. She feels her life with Jackson has made her a better mother for all her children.
Kathy Curtis, of Colby Curtis Museum, claims they are thrilled with the great turnout in support of these children, adding that they received nothing but positive feedback from those who attended. Organizers of the ‘Sugar on Snow’ event
Cass Funeral Home 900 Clough, Ayer’s Cliff on Friday, March 25, 2011, where friends visited from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by the service in the funeral home. As a tribute to her memory, donations made to the Massawippi Cemetery Association, box 52, 2150 Rte.143, Municipality of Hatley, R.S.3, Ayer’s Cliff, Qc. JOB 4BO, would be greatly appreciated by the family. wish to express gratitude to members of the community who came out to support the ‘wish children’, as well as the many volunteers who contributed to the event’s success. The Ayer’s Cliff ‘CWF’ has approximately 80 full time volunteers who are dedicated to making sick children’s’ wishes come true.
The Colby Curtis Museum also wishes to thank all of the organizers and volunteers who helped make the day a success. They expressed a special thanks to Barry Stevens for the donation of his time, horses and the sleigh rides, to the Laliberté family for donating the sugar on snow, to the musicians who played all afternoon, and to Stanstead College for the donation of trays and canopies for the event.
Those interested in becoming a volunteer or making a donation to Musicfest Children’s Wish Foundation can contact Ms. Chrissie Wiley at (819) 823-2009.
A good crowd came out to the Colby-Curtis last weekend for some old-fashioned sugar-on-snow and wagon rides.