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Three-year-old Ty Robertson 139 Children’s poster child

Ty Robertson has been chosen as the poster child for the 139 Children’s Fundraising Society’s 2007 telethon and auction coming up at the end of the month.

Ty suffered a broken neck when he fell out of his high chair at 18 months. The full extent of his injuries wasn’t diagnosed for several months. By then Ty needed surgery on his neck to correct the problem and spent time at Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.

Thanks to 139 Children’s Society, Ty was able to have both his mom and dad with him for the whole time, says his mom Shana. His dad Dan was able to take time off of work, but she says they were still faced with a loss of income, as well as having to pay all the expenses for their time in Vancouver.

“That is where the 139 Children’s Society came in. They paid one hundred per cent of our lodgings, as well as gave us the needed money for food and travel. When I approached Greg Ashley (139 chair) for financial assistance, I was hoping for $300 to help with our expenses.

“Instead, he gave us enough funding to pay for all of our expenses while in Vancouver.”

“All Greg cared about was that we had an injured child who was facing a very serious operation, and that we had expressed a need for a bit of help,” Shana says. “We didn’t have to prove that we needed the help or that we deserved the help. We will forever be grateful for the generosity of the 139 Children’s Society. They were there for us when we needed them.”

Ashley says Ty is among the many children the 139 Children’s Fundraising Society helps each year and the reason why the society’s volunteers work so hard with their fundraising efforts.

“I like Ty’s story because people don’t realize what can happen,” says Ashley. While his parents took him to doctors, he says it still took six months to determine Ty’s problem and that he would need surgery.

The auction and the telethon will be separated this year. The auction will take place February 2-3 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Williams Lake. The telethon will take place Feb. 4 at the Salvation Army in Williams Lake.

The society is now collecting donations for the auction. Donations can be dropped off at 288 North Second Avenue in the 139 office between CP Electronics and Vern’s Place. People can also call Donna or Greg Ashley at 398-6201 or 398-6222.

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