Com­mu­nity ral­lies around lo­cal fam­ily

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Krystin McHugh The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

On August 18 a lo­cal, 31 year old fa­ther passed away leav­ing a wife and three chil­dren be­hind. The com­mu­nity of Delia has come to­gether to do a fundraiser to help the fam­ily of Tyler Boon with ev­ery­thing they are cur­rently fac­ing. Tyler was on AISH due to the ill­ness he strug­gled with. Tyler dealt with both Lyme dis­ease and Cyclic Vom­it­ing Syn­drome most of his life.

The fundraiser is for a draw that will be made De­cem­ber 3. The win­ner will re­ceive two sides of beef, ap­prox­i­mately 400-450 lbs of beef.

Shan­nel Boon, wife of Tyler Boon, told “This is amaz­ing. It just goes to show how many lives Tyler touched and that his life, even though cut short, mat­tered. He was a bright light that was just snuffed out too quickly. Death doesn’t stop the bills. We still have an out­stand­ing den­tal bill. When he first passed I took two weeks off, maybe that wasn’t long enough, but I al­ready lost five of my day home kids but the cost of day to day liv­ing kept pil­ing up.”

Carla An­der­son and a “gen­er­ous cat­tle buyer”, who doesn’t want his name to be men­tioned, banned to­gether with the Delia com­mu­nity to raise money to help sup­port the kids in their day to day needs and their ed­u­ca­tional fu­ture. Tyler grew up on a farm in Delia and Carla An­der­son babysat Tyler as a child.

Shan­nel said that this Christ­mas re­ally would not have been much of a Christ­mas for the kids with­out this help. She said she is truly amazed with ev­ery­one who is feel­ing the pinch of the econ­omy still will­ing to help out.

“I am for­ever grate­ful to ev­ery­one help­ing and ev­ery­one who even buys a ticket.” Shan­nel said, “Even though our love story didn’t end like I wanted, I know he spent ev­ery day of his life lov­ing me and our chil­dren. He would be so happy to see peo­ple help­ing us out.”

Shan­nel and hus­band Tyler Boon (l) Jayce, 2 years old (up­per right); Seren­ity, 4 years old and Athena, 11 years old (bot­tom right).

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