13 year old vows to stay open

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Raised by 137 people in 9 months
Created March 12, 2018
13-year-old vows to keep Radisson rock museum open, even after looting

Thirteen-year-old Judah Tyreman knew something was wrong when he showed up to his museum and rock shop on Sunday morning.

Jewlery was strewn on the sidewalk, a clue that someone had taken goods he's painstakingly collected over the past two years.

"I knew that as soon as I saw the jewlery, someone had looted the shop," Judah said, noting one-of-a-kind treasures like green calcite and ocean jasper were among the things taken.

He and his family estimate the thief or thieves stole between $6,000 to $8,000 worth of goods.

"It's kind of saddening."

Judah and his sister Avi opened Sesula Mineral and Gem Museum and Rock Shop in 2016 in the small town of Radisson, about 60 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon.

Judah's spent the last two years doing odd jobs and selling specialty jewelry in order to buy more for his collection and pay rent for the museum facility.  

"He really worked at it, I mean the kid mowed lawns; he did whatever is necessary," said his father, Chris Tyreman. "Anything he sells in the museum, he keeps collecting and selling more."




Tyreman noted that Judah has had some trouble with the museum before, as highway signs advertising the museum had been stolen and vandalized in the past.  

The latest theft also seemed like an attack on his son, he felt, based on the things that were taken.

"It was obviously not to steal valuables, but to steal what they thought was valuable to Jude," he said. "It's so petty; it's sad."

Tyreman said the family was relieved that more valuable goods, like a velociraptor skeleton and a jade horse that were in the back, were left untouched. The crime was reported, and Tyreman said RCMP was investigating the theft.

While Judah said he felt struck by the loss, he has no plans to shut down the museum. Many people have told him how amazing they find the place, with a five out of five star rating for the incredible collection found "in the middle of nowhere," as Tyreman describes it.

Judah has already opened his museum again, and will rebuild his collection one way or another.

"If I could get the ones that were stolen back, that would be great. If I honestly can't, then I'll just have to get some new ones," he said.

"We're just going to put it back together and make it great again."

Since the attack, people are beginning to rally around Judah, and so we are opening this go fund me page to help him get back a little of what was stolen.  Its his birthday in ten days, and it would be such a gift!
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Hi everyone. Its been 177 days since I posted, so a quick update. Everything here is up and running super smooth again. We have most of the mineral donations now mounted, and as well as being in the museum, they can now be transported for school displays. I have also received some photos of the baby T Rex that should be arriving in about 30 days, and we have also been given a fantastic booth at the Saskatoon Entertainment Expo on Sept 15 & 16 this month. As we speak, permanent large signs are in the works for the highway, which will help increase the professional look.
I wish to again thank everyone that has been part of helping me hit my goals for expanding so quickly. I could never have done it without you.
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Hi everyone,
Tomorrow Tim Sheridan will be interviewing me on KGOR radio in Omaha. We will be talking about how everyone has been helping me so much, and about Triassica, which has offered me a Baby T Rex (12 feet x 6) for $4200 Canadian. I'm hoping that we can raise enough funds to do this on top of repairing, because I know it would bring in so many kids, as it would be the only one in Canada. Then Thursday I will be on the national program "Your Morning" in Canada (5:15 am) They are giving me the prime spot and I hope it will help achieve my goal.

Thank you everyone for helping.

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Hi everyone, this is Judah's dad, Chris.
Its been a crazy week here, that we never thought would occur. Since the break in, people from all over North America and Britain have been pouring out support for Judah. He will not only be able to rebuild his museum, but will be able to expand it to a level which would have taken him years otherwise. Thank you everyone for restoring his belief that people can be there for you. When the roar dies down, I know Judah wants to send a letter to each and everyone of you with thanks.
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