Tyler Haudberg benefit a success

PERU - The community came out in great support for a little boy with chronic ailments.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 309 hosted a benefit April 19 for 3-year-old Tyler Haudberg, the son of Scott and Darci Haudberg of Peru. Tyler suffers from an unknown type of chronic lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, a weakened immune system, neurological abnormalities and developmental delay.

During the event, more than 450 dinners were sold and more than 200 businesses and individuals donated money and items for an auction, said event organizer Lisa Gonyo.

"The benefit was great," said Gonyo. "We had a huge turnout and it was busy all day long."

One of the things that really amazed Gonyo was that people who didn't even know Tyler or his family came just to show their support.

"It just amazes me how our North Country communities can come together in times of need like this," she said.

The biggest surprise, however, came when Tyler himself was able to come to the benefit, said Gonyo. Escorted by his family and staff members from Fletcher Allen Healthcare, Tyler was able to visit for about an hour, giving people attending the opportunity to wish him well in person.

"It just made the benefit that much more wonderful having him there," she said.

Though the majority of Tyler's medical care is covered by insurance, there are still deductibles that are paid, travel costs, and other expenses associated with his care. Those who were unable to attend the benefit may still send donations to the Haudbergs or cards wishing Tyler well to 693 Union Road, Peru N.Y. 12972.

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