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Local families and businesses hold fundraisers for young cancer patient

Matthew Wood, and his sisters: Hailee Wood, 7, Chloe Buskey, 13, and Leah Girouard 7, walked to raise awareness and support for Matthew’s medical treatment as he fights Leaukemia.

Matthew Wood, and his sisters: Hailee Wood, 7, Chloe Buskey, 13, and Leah Girouard 7, walked to raise awareness and support for Matthew’s medical treatment as he fights Leaukemia. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Kasi said the support from the community has been a great help and she wanted to thank those who have helped.

“I never thought I would be someone who needed help from the community. I never thought this would happen to our family,” Kasi said.

Fundraising

As his treatment had an aggressive beginning, so has the help from the community. Danyle said she began planning fundraising efforts immediately.

Danyle is selling orange and white tye-dye T-shirts and orange wristbands, the color of leukemia support.

She has also arranged several fundraisers, including a bake sale outside the Plattsburgh Walmart on Sept. 15; a single pitch softball tournament and bottle drive in Au Sable Forks on Sept. 29; a 9-pin “buy a strike” bowling tournament on Oct. 13 at the Riverside Bowling Alley in Au Sable Forks and a spaghetti dinner on Nov. 4 at the Keeseville VFW, 1390 Rt. 9.

The Texas Roadhouse in Plattsburgh will also host a donation night for Matthew on Sept. 26. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of every food purchase to support Matthew’s recovery for diners who mention the charity between 4 and 8 p.m.

Danyle said the support from the community has been overwhelming as she has received donations and sponsorship for events from many area businesses.

There will also be a tattoo benefit sponsored by Marked Man Tattoo in Schuyler Falls on Oct. 20.

“It’s a really different kind of fundraiser, some of our family members plan on getting a tattoo of the leukemia support ribbon,” Danyle said.

For more information on submitting a donation, on upcoming fundraisers, or to purchase a Team Matthew T-shirt or orange support bracelet contact Danyle at 524-4145 or go to the Matthew's Hope Heroes Facebook page.

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