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King Lion Paul Burgess of the Windsor Lions Club, centre, presented the Milbury family of Centre Burlington with $1,310 – the amount they raised at a breakfast fundraiser. Pictured here with him are Tracy and Dana Milbury, their children Ethan, Hayden, MacKenzie and Makayla, and Vickie Kennedy, the children's grandmother.
WEST HANTS, N.S. — The family of a toddler that suffered life-altering complications after an E. coli infection say they're grateful for the outpouring of support the area has shown.
Over the weekend, more than $10,000 was raised to help the family of Makayla Milbury, and an additional $1,310 was donated on June 13.
“We've had a great success from a lot of neighbours and people we don't even know and we just want to thank the community for supporting us,” said Vickie Kennedy, the little girl's grandmother.
“The funds are really, really needed.”
Makayla Milbury, the two-year-old daughter of Tracy and Dana Milbury, was hospitalized in the fall of 2016 after falling ill. While her twin sister, MacKenzie, successfully fought off the illness, Makayla required hospitalization and then took a turn for the worse. Her pancreas, kidneys, and brain were all damaged.
Wanting to help the family through the hardship, Kennedy organized a spaghetti supper fundraiser, ticket auction and live auction. The event, which was held June 10 in Centre Burlington, brought in about $10,000. When the Windsor Lions Club learned of the little girl's condition, they also set out to raise funds, donating the proceeds from their June 11 breakfast, 50/50 draw and ticket auction.
“The mandate of the Lions Club is its a service club. Our motto is 'We Serve' so whenever we see a situation that needs help, we jump in and help,” said King Lion Paul Burgess, who presented the cheque to the Milburys on June 13.
Makayla's mother, Tracy Milbury, said they are overwhelmed by the community's support.
“It's been amazing. I don't know what we'd do without them. We're just so thankful,” she said.
Makayla was recently released from the hospital, after spending about eight months at the IWK. Having her home, even though the home still requires several renovations, makes Tracy smile.
“It was hard on my kids as well, my five-year-old especially. All he said all the time was 'I just want everybody home.' He was going through anxiety and everything about it and now he's happy again,” said Tracy. “Everybody is so much happier being home together.”
The family still has some major expenses coming down the pike. They have a number of necessary renovations that must be made to their home, including making their bathroom wheelchair accessible. They also will need to purchase a special vehicle.
How to help
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help raise money for the Milburys. To find out more, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/2pj3d7h4.
Vickie Kennedy announces the names of the successful bidders during the ticket auction June 10. A live auction followed.