Chelsea Bolger, Clinton Paul, Dawson Paul, 10 months, Carson Paul, 2, and Lilly Cass-Paul, 8, are photographed by some of the items they have collected for their fundraising garage sale to be held on May 9th in support of Ronald McDonald House Hamilton. They are photographed at their St. Catharines home on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
You would never know there was anything wrong.
Walking in the front door, the flurry of activity inside is like a typical house with three children under the age of 10.
But 2-year-old Carson Cash Paul already has a story to tell.
Born with congenital hydrocephalus — water on the brain — Carson was in and out of McMaster Children’s Hospital for numerous surgeries before he celebrated his second year on earth.
His parents, Chelsea Bolger and Clinton Paul, frequented the Ronald McDonald House in Hamilton four times in total, once when he was born and once during each of the three surgeries Carson went through.
“We are dedicated to Ronald McDonald House because Carson was born with congenital hydrocephalus. He’s had mulitple surgeries, and every time we have had an issue come up we have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House and every single time we have been welcomed with open arms,” said Bolger.
“We’ve been supported by them to the full extent. We were so comfortable, it’s like a holiday. It’s amazing what they offer there.”
Adds Paul: “It’s like a home.”
Touched by the care and support they received, the two decided to give back.
For the past three years, they have taken part in the Footsteps for Families walkathon that benefits Ronald McDonald House Hamilton. Last year, they raised the most money of all of the teams, with $3,850, and this year they have set a goal of $5,000 for the June 14 walk.
With that in mind, Bolger decided their fundraising efforts needed a boost.
So she put her efforts into organizing a community garage sale and barbecue.
“We were the top fundraising team last year, so this year we were trying to think of new ways to fund-raise so I thought why don’t we host a big garage sale.
“We have a good location at the corner of Vine St and Lakeshore Rd. It’s the perfect spot for a big event,” said Bolger. The garage sale will be held there May 9 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
“Our visits at RMH are always so short, but we see families staying there for months and months at a time and we couldn’t imagine going through that,” said Bolger.
“Our lives were turned upside down and it was only for a couple months, where families are there indefinately. Families with children with cancer can be there for years, and to see that support is unmeasurable. You can’t put a price on it.”…
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