Char­i­ta­ble for a child

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Doris Brown’s grand­son Har­ley Burry of Clarke’s Beach has bat­tled can­cer valiantly for the last three years. Af­ter the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion granted Har­ley a spe­cial gift, Doris de­cided to put her skills to good use, rais­ing thou­sands of dol­lars for the or­ga­ni­za­tion that helped put a smile on the boy’s face.

The fam­ily of a boy from Clarke’s Beach who has had his wish ful­filled by the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion is rais­ing money to help make other chil­dren’s wishes come to true.

Seven-year-old Har­ley Burry has bat­tled T-cell acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia for three years.

“Har­ley started his chemo­ther­apy on the 19th of Fe­bru­ary, 2014 when he got di­ag­nosed. His last day for chemo­ther­apy will be the 23rd of June this year,” the child’s grand­mother Doris Brown said dur­ing a re­cent phone in­ter­view.

Brown lives in the cen­tral New­found­land com­mu­nity of Hare Bay.

Her daugh­ter Chantel­lynne Burry lives in Clarke’s Beach with her hus­band Dave Burry and their only child, Har­ley.

Brown said she has a very close re­la­tion­ship with Har­ley and his fam­ily.

She spent months away from her home three years ago, she said, to be with Har­ley af­ter his ini­tial can­cer di­ag­no­sis. He was un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy at the Janeway Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal at the time, she said.

Since her grand­son’s di­ag­no­sis Brown has been rais­ing money for the Janeway and chil­dren with can­cer. Her ef­forts net­ted al­most $9,000.

Af­ter the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion granted Har­ley his wish of a fully equipped travel trailer in Septem­ber 2015, Brown came up with sev­eral unique ways to raise money for Chil­dren’s Wish.

She made over 250 quil­lows (a blan­ket that turns into a pil­low), sold plas­tic buck­ets for $2 each at her work (Gould­ings Whole­sales Ltd.) and made one-of-a-kind candy dishes from old records given to her by peo­ple in the com­mu­nity. The candy dishes were filled with candy do­nated by Ganong Canada.

“I made the dishes one at a time. I shaped them with my own hands,” Brown said.

“And the peo­ple didn’t mind buy­ing the buck­ets for such a worth­while cause.”

Brown’s goal was to raise sev­eral hun­dred dol­lars for Chil­dren’s Wish. The buck­ets alone brought in over $900.

By the time she was ready to pass over the money to Chil- dren’s Wish in De­cem­ber 2016, she’d raised over $3,800.

Brown is grate­ful to ev­ery­one who sup­ported her fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives and to those who have stepped for­ward, in other ways, to make her son feel bet­ter dur­ing his bat­tle with can­cer.

In 2015 fire­fight­ers and po­lice of­fi­cers in her area ar­ranged for her grand­son to ride in their ve­hi­cles.

“They went all out for Har­ley,” Brown said. Wish grant­ing helps The Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion grants wishes to chil­dren with a life-threat­en­ing, com­plex ge­netic or neu­ro­log­i­cal ill­ness.

Edie New­ton, pro­vin­cial di­rec­tor of the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion, NL chap­ter said Chil­dren’s Wish has granted 25,000 wishes across Canada, over 800 of those here in New­found­land and Labrador.

New­ton said no one knows the ben­e­fits a wish can have on the health of a child more than their fam­ily.

When a wish child or fam­ily mem­ber pays it for­ward, she said, it is a gift of love and com­pas­sion passed on to an­other child.

New­ton said Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion, NL chap­ter does not re­ceive any gov­ern­ment fund­ing or have a cor­po­rate pa­tron. Rather Chil­dren’s Wish re­lies solely on in­di­vid­u­als, cor­po­rate do­na­tions, spon­sor­ship and event fundrais­ing.

With­out com­mu­nity sup­port, New­ton said, Chil­dren’s Wish would not be able to grant wishes.

“We are truly blessed to have the sup­port we do, we never take it for granted and are most ap­pre­cia­tive of the com­mit­ment and gen­eros­ity of peo­ple of our prov­ince.”

Brown said she plans on con­tin­u­ing rais­ing money for Chil­dren’s Wish.

“Watch­ing Har­ley get his (travel) trailer... I thought about all the other (wish) kids and how much it ac­tu­ally costs to give them a wish. So I wanted to give back... all those kids are pretty pre­cious,” Brown said.

Watch­ing Har­ley get his (travel) trailer... I thought about all the other (wish) kids and how much it ac­tu­ally costs to give them a wish. So I wanted to give back. — Doris Brown

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS

Doris Brown and her grand­son Har­ley Burry pre­sent­ing their cheque to the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion.

Har­ley loves the travel trailer that he owns – thanks to the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion.

Har­ley Burry with a New­found­land quilt his grand­mother, Doris Brown, made to raise money for the Janeway Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

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