After taking their 10-year-old son, Sonny, to Vancouver to examine spots on one of Sonny’s eyes, he was diagnosed with diffuse iris melanoma—a condition that’s extremely rare in children. The unexpected cancer diagnoses turned their lives upside down, with an immediate trip to Vancouver Children’s Hospital where they are now working with an amazing oncology team and surgeons.
Shannon and Sandy are currently back and forth between Smithers and Vancouver as they figure out the best path forward for Sonny, and much is up in the air as they continue tests and surgeries, research their options, and consult with doctors. We know they have a strong community and support behind them and we’d like to begin drawing upon that network with the most immediate concern: The financial support that will allow them to offer their full attention to Sonny and his care, as well as support Sonny’s sister, Bryer, through this difficult time.
Obviously, this has rocked this amazing family mentally, physically and financially, and we know many friends will want to help. Here are a few immediate things you can do:
- Contribute to Sonny’s account either locally at the Bulkley Valley Credit Union (account called “Donations for Sonny Maclean”) or here on GoFundMe.
- Share this campaign far and wide.
- Join and share this Facebook group for updates on Sonny’s journey and ways you can help: https://www. facebook.com/groups/ 295502467953500/
- Send all your good thoughts and energy to Sonny, Bryer, Sandy and Shannon.
We know these amazing parents will be giving all their energy and resources to help Sonny through this difficult time. Let’s let them know their community has their backs.
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