Jaxson and Ryder Squires presented a cheque for $3

Castlegar brothers donate toy money to Children’s Hospital

Two local brothers want to thank the community for helping them raise $3,455 for the BC Children’s Hospital.

Two local brothers want to thank the community for helping them raise $3,455 for the BC Children’s Hospital.

Jaxson and Ryder Squires donated the money to the children’s hospital last Wednesday, when they both went there for appointments. They raised the money by selling toys and collecting donations on Facebook.

The brothers wanted to give back, as the BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) has been an important part of their lives. Ryder was born premature at 35 weeks, and went into respiratory distress within 24 hours of being born. He was airlifted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the BCCH as soon as he was stable enough to move, and was intubated for three days. He underwent multiple MRIs, ultra sounds, echos, x-rays and blood work, and was eventually diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and placed on a ventilator. He still goes back for followup appointments.

Last fall, Jaxson also had a visit to the BCCH and had to go back for tests on Wednesday.

The brothers hoped to raise $1,000 and more than tripled that. They also donated art supplies for the art room at the BCCH.

The boys’ mother, Jesse Squires, says Jaxson and Ryder would like to thank the community for their support in raising the money.


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