Thanks for support

To the Valley News:

On behalf of “Kids Way Daycare,” I wish to take this opportunity to thank every generous person who offered their support and participation in the “Helping Hands 4 Martial's Family” benefit that was hosted on Sept. 18 at the American Legion Post 504 in Au Sable Forks.

As the course of the event changed 10 days prior due to the sudden and devastating loss of four year old Martial Lee Chamberlain, the feeling of loss, love, fellowship and remembrance was present while celebrating Martial's life and assisting his mother, Patricia Howerton with the expenses of laying her only son to rest. Martial lost his battle with Gastroschisis, a condition where the intestines push through a hole of the abdominal wall while awaiting a transplant at the First Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

A heartfelt thank you and much appreciation are extended to the following: My family and friends who lent me a helping hand in coordinating the event, to numerous North Country residents and businesses who did not know Martial or Martial's family personally but felt compelled to participate by donating to the live auction, food, or offering a monetary contribution. I further wish to thank the following generous people who also played an important role in the coordination of the event: The American Legion Post 504 for welcoming the benefit, Edward McCallister for volunteering as the auctioneer for the evening, Vicki Kirchner (Beer Run Association) for hosting a morning 5k Run, Au Sable Valley Swim Team and their Coach, Andy Johnson and his wife, Jatha, for volunteering to serve food along with several other great volunteers who assisted with the kitchen duties, Jim and Bev Seguin of Hometown Deli and Bakery for their willingness to cook Michigan Sauce, my father, Albert Ruest and Disk Jockey, Mike Mussen, Sr., for volunteering the event's entertainment, Loreman's Screen Printing, and to the local media outlets: The Press Republican, Lake Placid News (Columinst Deanna Santor), and the Valley News for sharing Martial's story and how a small community had once again lent a helping hand to one of its members.

As the loss of Martial remains present in Kids Way Daycare, the children and I carry our good friend Martial's spirit in our hearts. A brave little boy whose 4 years of life left a lasting im-pression on earth.

Kristina Dukett

Owner/Operator: Kids Way Daycare

Event Coordinator

Helping Hands 4 Martial's Family


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