The Beer and Burger fundraiser at the Rod and Gun will help Samuel Naylor

Fundraising event in Parksville for family of toddler who has brain cancer

The Rod and Gun will host the event July 19 for the family of Samuel Naylor

CARLI BERRY

news@pqbnews.com

The Rod and Gun will be holding a Beer and Burger fundraiser for a local boy who has been diagnosed with brain cancer, said Micki Findlay, co-ordinator for the fundraiser.

The three-year-old boy, Samuel Naylor, is receiving chemotherapy at B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver after surgery that removed part of a cancerous tumour that was wrapped around his brain stem, Findlay said.

“No one wants to see a little child suffer like that,” said Monica Duncan, godmother to Samuel.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $20 and can be purchased at Soak Essentials in Parksville and at Borealis Hair, Nail & Body Studio in Qualicum Beach.

The fundraiser will also have a silent auction, giveaways and a 50/50 draw, Findlay said. The event is on Sunday, July 19 from 2-6 p.m.

Duncan said she got the idea to raise funds for Samuel after seeing Samuel’s health deteriorate and  seeing his parents’ reactions.

“I could see the look in (his father’s) eyes that said I don’t know what to do next,” Duncan said.

Samuel’s parents, Marie and John, are actively involved in their community and deserve a chance for their community to give them support, Findlay said.

Marie and John have volunteered their time at the Society of Organized Services with the children’s program and both help out at the Salvation Army, Findlay said.

“They make a difference and so we felt like it’s time now to ask the community what can they help with… to make their (the Naylors) lives easier through a difficult time,” Findlay said.

Findlay said Samuel is not the only one in the family with health issues — three of the five children have serious health issues.

Their goal is to reach at least $15,000, Duncan said, adding it is an ongoing process and they are unsure of what their ultimate goal will be.

“Our real goal is not to have them worry that ‘we can’t help our children because we don’t have enough money.'”

Duncan said they have received positive feedback from the community: “The community can’t be more helpful,.”

There are tin cans to donate for Samuel in local businesses and a TD Bank account has also been set up under Samuel Naylor and John Naylor for people to donate across the country.

Find out more about Samuel Naylor at GoFundMe.com/samuelnaylor or visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/samuelnaylorfundraiser.

Just Posted

Parksville residents hear compelling tales from recovering young addicts

Speakers emphasize need for detox and treatment centre, shelter in the area

REVIEW: ‘Grace and Glorie’ a moving tale of death and friendship

Two women convey characters convincingly and with humour

Jordie Lunn, world-renowned mountain biker from Parksville, dies in accident

The 36-year-old was with friends trail riding in Cabo San Lucas when the accident happened

Island man restores 1962 Qualicum Beach fire truck he bought for $1

Vintage vehicle in working order and ready to hit the road

B.C.’s rural paramedic program expands, with home support

Advanced care ambulance staff added for six communities

BC Ferries sees steady traffic of post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Ferries filling up fast, sailing waits at some terminals

Canadian Snowbirds plane crashes before air show in Atlanta

Pilot lands safely after ejecting from jet

Singh says NDP would form coalition with the Liberals to stop Tories

Singh was in a Liberal-held riding Sunday afternoon in Surrey where he was pressed about his post-election intentions

‘My heart goes out to the mother’: B.C. dad reacts to stabbing death of Ontario boy

Carson Crimeni, who was also 14, was bullied relentlessly, his dad says

BC Ferries filling up fast with post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Monday anticipated to be busiest day of the weekend

‘Save the kids!’ Dorian survivor tells the harrowing story of his Canadian wife’s death

Family held a funeral and placed Alishia Liolli’s remains in a niche at a cemetery in Windsor, Ont.

Okanagan woman, 91, votes at advance polls despite broken hip, shoulder and wrist

Angela Maynard has voted in almost every election during her lifetime

Heiltsuk Nation open first Big House in 120 years in northern B.C.

Opening means the community now has an appropriate space for spiritual and ceremonial events

Most Read