At almost two months old, Greyson O'Neill is weighing in at four pounds, eight ounces, has come through heart surgery like a trooper, is breathing room air - although still with the assistance of a ventilation system to keep his lungs strong - and had his first bath a few days back.
This Langley baby made the news when he was born 15 weeks premature and his low-income parents - with limited transportation options - found themselves trying to shuttle back and forth to Vancouver daily to be with their newborn [Premie's parents reach out to help other families, Aug. 6, Langley Advance]. From their own experience, they discovered there were a lot of
other parents who were facing financial hardships while taking care of their sick children in hospital. That's when Greyson's parents, Erin Heard and James O'Neill, decided they wanted to help out others.
While friends and family held a fundraising pub night earlier this month to aid the local couple in covering unexpected expenses due to Greyson's hospitalization, they are hoping a fundraiser planned in Aldergrove this weekend will raise money to help other parents at BC Children's Hospital facing similar hardships.
This weekend's event, called a Family Fun Farm Day, is being held Sunday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 10 p.m. at Extreme Equestrian, 25039 8th Ave. in Aldergrove.
Everything is by donation, O'Neill said, from admission (they're asking people to bring a baby donation for the Langley Food Bank) to the horse and pony rides. The day also features karaoke from 2 to 5 p.m., a pig roast, petting zoo, live entertainment, archery demonstrations, and a silent auction.
O'Neill is hoping to raise a few thousand dollars, wanting to make a donation to BC Children's Hospital in Greyson's name, as well as to help out a 17-yearold single mom and her baby who are at the hospital. Greyson has since been moved to Surrey Memorial Hospital, where doctors say he will remain under 24-hour monitoring until at least November. He still has under-developed lungs and retinas.
People can follow Greyson's progress and the fundraising efforts on Facebook, at Greyson's Page.
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