Fundraising event for Corbin raises nearly 10 times more than expected

A garage and bake sale held for 10-year-old Corbin Lew, a Castlegar resident recently diagnosed with lymphoma, brought in more than $4,000 last weekend.

A weekend garage and bake sale for 10-year-old Corbin Lew raised over $4

A garage and bake sale held for 10-year-old Corbin Lew, a Castlegar resident recently diagnosed with lymphoma, brought in more than $4,000 last weekend.

Organizer Joanne Baker, whose granddaughters have gone to school with Corbin and his twin brother Chris since kindergarten, said they weren’t expecting to raise anything close to that amount.

“I had told my granddaughters that if we had a garage sale we should be able to raise about $500, well I guess I was wrong! This experience has really taught them a good lesson on how you help those in need,” Baker said.

“A big thank you to Joanne, Savonnah and Shailynn Baker for setting this up and what a great job they did!” Shauna Hegan, Corbin’s mother’s cousin said. “And of course to the Castlegar News and Mountain FM, as well as the legion and the people that donated.”

Corbin became sick on Jan. 13 and was taken to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. While his mother, Connie and brother Chris stay in Vancouver, they still need to pay their rent in Castlegar and have additional living costs associated with being on the coast.

Soon, Corbin is expected to be an outpatient at the hospital but will have to remain in Vancouver for visits back and forth.

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